Ronell J. Mance Top Olympic Sprinters Arrested in Tallahassee Pool Shooting


Top Sprinters Arrested in Tallahassee Pool Shooting

Ronell J. Mance, who won a silver medal in the 2012 Olympic Games in the 4×400 relay, and Stephen Newbold, the MVP at the recent Atlantic Coast Conference indoor track and field championships, were arrested moments after Tallahassee police were alerted that the shots were being fired at an off-campus student apartment complex at about 3:30 a.m. There were no injuries reported.

Florida State suspended the two young men.  “The students have been suspended from the team effective immediately,” athletic director Randy Spetman said. “Whether they can return as student-athletes will be determined through our discipline policy and any legal proceedings.”

One witness reported hearing two gunshots inside the apartment complex.  Looking out her window she saw a male, identified as Newbold, firing shots towards the pool.  She saw the muzzle flash and heard the discharge.  Other witnesses believed he was shooting at another man.

Authorities did find two federal 380 auto shell casings in the area where the witness said she saw the gun being fired.

Newbold was arrested for discharging a firearm in public and resisting without violence. Mance was arrested for unauthorized use of an ID and resisting without violence. He had Newbold’s ID which had an altered date on it, which is a third degree felony under Florida law.

Tallahassee police spokesman David Northway said resisting without violence is a misdemeanor.

Newbold told police that Mance was using the card to get into a local bar.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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