By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to WSVN News 7, members of the St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders football team stopped a crime on Thursday night. Two coaches, including former NFL great Jason Taylor, who is a Pro Football Hall of Famer, also assisted in stopping the crime.
A man allegedly trespassed onto the school property, according to the story. The individual in question allegedly stole a purse from an employee.
“This guy got in campus, he got ahold of a teacher’s wallet or purse and then started to take off,” Linda Pisano, who her son Noah Botsford plays for the Raiders, said to the TV station.
The crime happened at the campus. Kendrick Freeman, 27, according to the authorities, jumped the fence and got into the science building.
The authorities then said Freeman attempted to get away with the crime after stealing the purse.
“He tried to run through the football field, then the coaches jumped him,” student Antonio Piedra said to the station.
Witnesses and the police said Taylor was one of the individuals, who chased down Freeman. Fellow former Miami Dolphins player Twan Russell, another coach, also helped in the chase of Freeman.
“I heard that he tried to steal someone’s wallet, and Jason Taylor tracked him down and, like, stopped him and got it back,” student Ellie Parkinson said to the station.
Following his capture, the authorities said Freeman faked a seizure.
“When the police arrived at St. Thomas, he was leg stripped to the ground, where he continued to resist and faking a seizure,” Broward Circuit Court Judge Jackie Powell said.
Freeman has been charged with burglary, petit theft, and trespassing on school grounds. In addition to his crime in South Florida, he also has an active warrant out for his arrest in South Carolina for robbery, according to the story.
He is presently in the Broward County Jail. He has been issued a $9,500 bond.