Monmouth University Football Player Tried to Rob 2 Students With Fake Gun: Prosecutors

A Monmouth University football player has been accused of attempting to rob two fellow students with a fake gun, spurring a campus lockdown, prosecutors said.

Keith Williams, 18, was arrested and charged with one count of armed robbery after two female students were allegedly held up on Tuesday evening, according to Monmouth County prosecutors.

Prosecutors said that a gunman wearing a stocking mask approached two female students on campus and demanded their cellphones. When the women refused, he brandished an imitation handgun and the victims ran off without handing over their phones.

Williams was later arrested at his dormitory. It's not clear how authorities identified him as the robber, but prosecutors said there were several security cameras in the area.

Williams didn't have the gun when he was arrested, according to authorities, and police had to keep the lockdown in place until locating the weapon -- which was later determined to be a fake -- shortly before midnight.

Williams is a freshman offensive lineman from Baltimore. A spokesman for the athletics department said he has been suspended indefinitely from the team.

A spokeswoman for the university said officials are "reviewing the situation under the student code of conduct and will take action as appropriate." 

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