Tigers football player charged in armed robbery of Memphis student


Shaun Rupert

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A University of Memphis football player has been dismissed from the team after confessing to a home invasion robbery of another U of M student in May, Memphis Police said.

According to a police report, Shaunquez Rupert and another man pushed their way into an apartment near the university on May 25. Both were armed with handguns.

Police say they took the victim into the bedroom and stole two watches, an XBox and an Apple Macbook.

The victim later found his items for sale on the online sales site Offer Up.

Rupert, who is starting safety for the Tigers football team, reportedly confessed to the crime Sept. 28.

The 22-year-old is being held in the Shelby County jail on charges of aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery and possession of a firearm to commit a dangerous felony.

Memphis Athletics released the following statement:

"Shaun Rupert has been dismissed from the University of Memphis football team for a violation of team rules. This matter will also be reviewed by the Office of Student Accountability, Outreach and Support for violations of the UofM Student Code of Conduct. No additional comments will be made while the investigation is ongoing."

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