April 24, 2014 3:00:33 PM
Sarah Fowler - firstname.lastname@example.org
A former player and current member of the Mississippi State football team have been arrested and charged with robbery and burglary of a dwelling.
Charles Siddoway, who just completed his eligibility at MSU and is considered a likely National Football League draft prospect and Jordan Washington, a sophomore defensive lineman were arrested Wednesday by investigators with the Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Department. Lead Investigator Brett Watson said Siddoway and Washington broke into an apartment at Ace 21 apartment complex on Blackjack Road Wednesday and were arrested approximately an hour later. The apartment complex, a popular residents for MSU students and athletes, is located adjacent to the MSU campus.
The alleged male victim was an acquaintance of Siddoway and named his as the burglar, Watson said. While the victim did not know Washington by name, he recognized him as a football player. The victim gave the description of the get-away vehicle to law enforcement and Siddoway and Washington were arrested within the hour, Watson said.
Siddoway was arrested at his residence. Washington was arrested on campus near the football practice fields, Watson said.
Watson declined to say how Siddoway and Washington gained entry into the apartment. He also declined to say what the two took from the apartment. They were not believed to be armed, Watson said.
Siddoway and Washington appeared in Oktibbeha County Justice Court Thursday morning where they each received a $20,000 bond for their two charges, $10,000 for each count.
They are currently in the custody of the Oktibbeha County Detention Center.
MSU coach Dan Mullen issued a statement Thursday through the team spokesperson confirming Washington has been suspended indefinitely from the football program.
"We are aware of the situation." Mullen said in the statement. "Jordan Washington has been suspended indefinitely from our team pending further investigation."
Mullen and the rest of the MSU athletics department stated they will have no further comment on the matter at this time.
Siddoway started all 26 games in his two-year career at right tackle for MSU and was hoping to be a late round selection in the upcoming NFL Draft or be a undrafted free agent pick up before training camps opened up this summer. The Eugene, Ore., native transferred from the University of California to Butte College, a junior college in Oroville, Calif., Mississippi State was the third school for Siddoway's college career until he completed his eligibility last fall. Washington sat out the 2012 season as a redshirt and didn't play in any games last season in his first year on the active roster. The 290-pound defensive tackle was a three-star recruit from Sugar Hill, Ga., and chose MSU over Kentucky, Massachusetts, Ole Miss, Ohio State and other programs. Washington's uncle, Kirby Jackson, played defensive back for Mississippi State from 1983-86.
Sarah Fowler covers crime, education and community related events for The Dispatch.