NEW INFO: Former UC Basketball Players Sentenced on Robbery Charges

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UPDATE 10/30/13 @ 6:15 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Two former University of Charleston basketball stars were given a second chance Wednesday after pleading guilty to a violent crime.

Terrell Lipkins and Robert Dreher will spend up to two years in a correctional facility for youth. They admitted to robbing a man on Virginia Street in April with two others -- Quincy Washington and TImothy Schmachtenberger

The victim, Andrew Rude, said he doesn't remember the incident and was beaten unconscious.

"I had cuts on my face, a broken nose and blood on the brain from the blow," Rude said.

Despite his suffering, he said the punishment fits the crime.

"They're going to suffer the consequences for their actions, but I think they will be able to get on with their lives and be productive," he said.

The students took their chance in court to speak to Rude and their families.

"I'd like to apologize for all this happening," Dreher said. "My intentions were never to hurt anyone. I shouldn't have been out that late last night, and I take full responsibility for what I've done."

Rude says he's stunned and saddened to see the dark cloud over his alma mater's pride.

"I'm a graduate of the University of Charleston, so it was the first thing that surprised me," he said.

Washington also was charged with another robbery and was sentenced Tuesday. He will spend up to 10 years in prison.



UPDATE 10/29/13 @ 11:20 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A former University of Charleston basketball player could spend the next decade in prison for his role in two violent robberies.

Quincy Washington was sentenced Tuesday to two to 10 years on two robbery charges.

Prosecutors say Washington and two other former basketball players, along with another man, robbed two men on Virginia Street in April.

During his sentencing, Washington apologized to the victims' families.

Washington's sentences are to run concurrently, meaning he could spend a maximum of 10 years in prison. He also was given credit for time served.

The other three men charged in the case are set to be sentenced on Wednesday.



UPDATE 09/10/13 @ 4:41 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) --Former University of Charleston basketball player, Terrell Lipkins, pleaded guilty to robbery and credit card theft charges on Tuesday.

Lipkins, along with three other men, are accused in a violent attack and robbery of Andrew Rude and Patrick Morrison in April.

On Tuesday, Lipkins pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery and credit card fraud. He admitted to taking and using Morrison's credit card.

Lipkins denied his involvement in beating the victims.

Prosecution played video surveillance from the night of the alleged attack. It shows all four men approaching the victims, as well as Lipkins reaching down near Morrison, who was lying on the ground.

Lipkins attorney requested he be segregated in jail from the other co-defendants in the case. His sentencing is set for Oct. 30.

Timothy Schmachtenberger, Quincy Washington and Robert Dreher are also facing charges in the case.

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UPDATE 5/3/13 @ 9:30 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The fourth suspect in a violent robbery in Charleston has turned himself in to police.

Timothy Schmachtenberger of Canton, Ohio, was wanted for first-degree robbery in the robbery of Andrew Rude and Patrick Morrison. It happened last month in downtown Charleston.

According to the criminal complaint, Schmachtenberger was involved with three University of Charleston basketball players, Terrell Lipkins, Quincy Washington and Robert Dreher, during the downtown incident on April 21.

Charleston Police say since then, evidence has been obtained in another downtown attack that happened on April 14 allowing additional warrants of malicious wounding to be filed against UC Basketball player Quincy Washington.

The cases are still under investigation. If you have any information you're urged to call the Criminal Investigation Division at 304-348-6480.

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UPDATE 4/29/13 @ 5:45 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A fourth suspect in a violent robbery has been identified.

Charleston Police say they have issued warrants for the arrest of Timothy Schmachtenberger, 22, of Canton, Ohio.

Police say he and three other men, Terrell Lipkins, Robbie Dreher and Quincy Washington, robbed two men on Virginia Street on April 21.

Lipkins, Dreher and Washington were arrested last week. They were students and played basketball at the University of Charleston.

Police say Schmachtenberger is believed to have left the area but not necessarily headed to Canton.

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UPDATE 4/26/13 @ 11 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Charleston Police just released pictures of a fourth suspect wanted in a recent violent robbery in downtown Charleston in hopes the public can help identify him.

Charleston Police say the man in the pictures, along with Terrell Lipkins, Robbie Dreher and Quincy Washington, robbed two men on Virginia Street early Sunday morning.

Lipkins, Dreher and Washington were arrested earlier this week. The three men were students and played basketball at the University of Charleston.

The fourth suspect wanted in the case is seen on surveillance cameras wearing a light blue cap and what appears to be a black or dark gray denim jacket with a design on the back, according to police.

Charleston Police believe he goes by the street name "T.C." and his first name may be Timothy. The man is not a student at the University of Charleston.

If you have any information, you're urged to call the Criminal Investigation Division at 304-348-6480.

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UPDATE 4/24/13 @ 11:45 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Three University of Charleston basketball players are facing charges in connection with a violent robbery.

Charleston Police say Terrell Lipkins, along with Robbie Dreher and Quincy Washington, robbed two men on Virginia Street early Sunday morning.

The suspects then used a stolen credit card at a 7-Eleven store and McDonald's in Kanawha City.

Lipkins was the leading scorer for the University of Charleston's men's basketball team. He was arrested Tuesday night.

Dreher and Washington turned themselves in Wednesday morning.

School officials say all three players have been evicted from the residence halls, removed from the basketball team, and more campus disciplinary actions are on the way.

Police say these arrests have made downtown Charleston safer. Investigators say three suspects have been named persons of interest in two other robberies in downtown Charleston, including one that left Benton Dolin with serious head injuries. He is still recovering in the hospital.

Statement from UC President Ed Welch
“Three University of Charleston students have been arrested. The conduct which they are alleged to have committed is deplorable and violates university policies and expectations. They have been evicted from the residence halls, removed from the university’s basketball team, and further campus disciplinary actions are in progress. We will continue to cooperate fully with authorities as they continue their investigation.”

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UPDATE 4/24/13 @ 10:25 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Three University of Charleston basketball players have been arrested in connection with a violent robbery.

Police say Terrell Lipkins and fellow players Robbie Dreher and Quincy Washington robbed two men on Virginia Street early Sunday morning.

Police say Lipkins and the other men used a stolen credit card at a 7-Eleven store in Kanawha City, as well as at a McDonald's.

The two victims are identified as Andrew Rude, 58, and Patrick Morrison, 35, both of the Charleston area.

Rude suffered a scalp laceration and a fractured wrist, while Morrison was not seriously injured.

“Three University of Charleston students have been arrested. The conduct which they are alleged to have committed is deplorable and violates university policies and expectations," said UC President Ed Welch. "They have been evicted from the residence halls, removed from the university’s basketball team, and further campus disciplinary actions are in progress. We will continue to cooperate fully with authorities as they continue their investigation."

The Charleston Police Department is holding a news conference at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday.

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ORIGINAL STORY
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A standout basketball player at the University of Charleston was arrested Tuesday night in connection with a violent robbery that happened downtown early Sunday morning on Virginia Street, Charleston Police say.

Terrell Lipkins, 20, of Canton, Ohio, the leading scorer this past season on the team, was being arraigned Tuesday night in Kanawha County Magistrate Court on two counts of first-degree robbery and four counts of fraud by use of a controlled access device.

Police are looking for two other men who were involved and seen in surveillance video.

According to the criminal complaint, Lipkins -- along with two other players Robbie Dreher and Quincy Washington -- attacked and robbed the two victims.

The two victims are identified as Andrew Rude, 58, and Patrick Morrison, 35, both of the Charleston area. Police say the men were robbed, as well as beaten.

Rude suffered a scalp laceration and a fractured wrist, while Morrison was not seriously injured.

The incident happened about 2:40 a.m. Sunday in the 600-block of Virginia Street East. Credit cards and cash were taken.

Police say Lipkins and the other men used a stolen credit card at a 7-Eleven store in Kanawha City, as well as at a McDonald's.

Police used surveillance video to ID the car and located the car on UC's campus and arrested Lipkins.

Charleston Police are requesting the public’s help in identifying the additional "persons of interest." Copies of the surveillance video are available to be picked up at the Charleston Police Department. Officers request that anyone with information on the robbery or identities of the men in the video to call the Criminal Investigations Division at (304) 348-6480.

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