Darta Lee, HoJo Watkins, Zarrian Holcombe Arrested After Alleged Home Robbery

Erika Turner
May 18, 2017

Officers said that the victim led them to Lee which led to Holcombe and Watkins and the three of them were arrested. Lee was booked at 6:27 a.m. CT Wednesday, Holcombe at 10:22 a.m., and Watkins at 10:58 a.m.

Darta Lee, 18, and Howard Watkins, 18, were freshman offensive lineman who were easily caught along with 19-year-old Tarrian Holcombe, a tight end and wide receiver who also played as a true freshman.

Darta Lee, Zarrian Holcombe and Howard Watkins have all been suspended "indefinitely" from the team after cops arrested them on charges of home invasion and armed robbery, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Three UI football players have been officially charged after police say they were involved in a robbery.

"Three individuals entered an apartment masked and the victim recognized one of them by voice", Champaign police Lt. Dave Shaffer said. At least one of the men was brandishing what appeared to be a gun.

Police say the men were wearing masks and brought a gun which was later determined to be a BB gun.

Ziegler said police obtained statements from the trio that "implicates all three going into the room with masks".

The players, however, claimed that, according to first assistant state's attorney Steve Ziegler, they were merely pulling a prank on the 19-year-old dormitory resident.

Both charges filed Thursday are Class 1 felonies.

Here's the thing. home invasion is a very serious charge.

Watkins, listed as a 6-4, 275-pound freshman offensive lineman, signed with IL as part of the 2017 recruiting class and enrolled in January.

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