A highly-touted Lees Summit West High School football player was charged Monday with armed robbery.
By MATT CAMPBELL and SAM McDOWELL
The Kansas City Star
Jamone A. Boyd, 18, is accused of participating in a Jan. 23 robbery at gunpoint of several victims in a Kansas City apartment.
At least four of the robbery victims identified Boyd, who is 6-foot-4 and 250 pounds, from photos. Boyd turned himself in to Lees Summit Police early Sunday afternoon and denied being involved in the robbery.
Boyd, a four-star defensive end who had received interest from Missouri, Kansas, Kansas State and Nebraska among other schools, was also cited in November for municipal offenses of resisting arrest and possessing marijuana.
Boyd was scheduled to sign a letter of intent Wednesday to attend Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kan., where he planned to play football. He previously committed to Kansas State but instead opted to attend a community college to improve his grades, Lees Summit West football coach Royce Boehm said.
After the November incident, which involved a school resource officer in the school parking lot, Boyd was sent to Summit Ridge Academy the Lees Summit School Districts alternative school where he is currently taking classes for high school credit, district athletics director Darwin Rold said.
Rold said he was unaware of Boyds arrest and therefore refused comment.
Boyd, the fourth-best football prospect in Missouri according to Rivals.com, was benched for one game during his senior season at Lees Summit West for disciplinary reasons. Boehm said Boyd was suspended after he received a detention in school, a violation of team policy. Boehm declined further comment.
According to court records, Boyd and four or five other males pushed their way inside an apartment with five people inside. Two victims were struck in the head with a pistol and others were pushed to the floor. When some of the victims tried to barricade themselves in a bedroom, one of the robbers kicked the door in and pointed a gun them.
The robbers took cash, electronics and sports-logo clothing, among other things. Police said the robbers warned the victims not to leave the apartment too soon or they would be shot with assault rifles. The robbers allegedly said they did this all the time and would be back in a week or two to rob the victims again.
Boyd is charged with five counts of robbery in the first-degree and five counts of armed criminal action. Prosecutors requested a bond of $150,000.
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