Eastern Kentucky University football player is busted for shoplifting and for having that “not-so-fresh-feeling”
Posted by Thomas the Terrible on July 25, 2008
Eastern Kentucky University football player, Davin Walker, was arrested recently for shoplifting that turned violent in the NCAA’s favorite place to shoplift, Wally World.
Walker was spotted on store surveillance putting items into a backpack. He was confronted by two overpaid under IQ’ed Wal-Mart employees. Walker then lunged straight toward one of the men knocking him down, and fled the scene so fast he lost his shoes (literally) and backpack.
“A physical altercation ensued, and a shopping cart overturned, tearing the tip off of a 69-year-old female customer’s thumb,” said Sgt. Willard Reardon, public information officer for the Richmond Police Department.
Thankfully, the woman’s thumb tip was not completely severed and she has since received stitches and is recovering.
The lady was inn the wrong place at the wrong time. She was walking into the store with a buggy when this altercation occurred.
“What otherwise would have been a theft charge was elevated to first-degree robbery by the physical altercation,” Reardon said.
However Michael Eubanks, Walker’s defense attorney, disagrees.
“In this case, we have a theft,” he said. “At the time of (the physical confrontation with the woman), the shoplifting already had occurred. What we have is shoplifting and an assault.”
Eubanks said Walker did not have a weapon, therefore it should not be considered first-degree robbery.
“There’s no evidence that Mr. Walker was trying to cause her any harm,” Eubanks said. “He didn’t say: ‘I’m going to hurt you if you don’t give me the battery charger.’”
County Attorney Marc Robbins stressed that someone who was not involved in the incident was hurt, and that justifies the first-degree robbery charge.
According to the 2008 Criminal Law of Kentucky handbook, first-degree robbery is defined as: “… in the course of committing theft, he uses or threatens the immediate use of physical force upon another person with intent to accomplish the theft and when he: (a) causes physical injury to any person who is not a participant in the crime; or (b) is armed with a deadly weapon; or (c) uses or threatens the immediate use of a dangerous instrument upon any person who is not a participant in the crime.”
It sounds like he met those criteria to me.
Now you might be wondering what was Walker stealing to make him bolt in such a manner. Here is the interesting part. The backpack that he dropped contained a cell phone battery charger, a box of douches and a bottle of feminine hygiene spray.
Doh! No wonder he ran so fast. Doesn’t EKU have boosters to help him out with some of these items? You know you’re whipped when you steal feminine products from Wal-Mart.
Walker is a senior wide receiver from Miami, Fla. EKU spokesman Marc Whitt said Walker had been enrolled as a student for the spring 2008 semester.
Walker has been suspended indefinitely by the EKU Department of Athletics. At least until he passes a crab check.
He played in 11 games last season as a running back, receiver and kick returner. The 5-foot-10, 162-pound player was a Second-Team All-OVC selection in 2006 as a returner, and ranked 11th in the nation for kick return average.