Hokies kicker Cody Journell, two others arrested, charged with breaking and entering in alleged home invasion
Virginia Tech place-kicker Cody Journell was arrested last night on a breaking and entering charge after an alleged home invasion. (UPDATE, 3:05 p.m.: Here’s a link to an updated story on Roanoke.com.)
The early story on Roanoke.com:
Three Blacksburg men, including Virginia Tech kicker Cody Journell, have been arrested and charged with breaking and entering after an alleged home invasion late Wednesday night.
Just before 10 p.m. Wednesday, Blacksburg police responded to a residence on Lee Street, just outside of the downtown area in reference to a physical altercation, according to a morning news release.
An investigation into an alleged home invasion began shortly after and resulted in the arrests of Cody J. Journell, 20; Matthew D. Dunton, 23; and Matthew I. Brady, 21.
Each were charged with breaking and entering, a class 2 felony due to the alleged use of a dangerous weapon, according to police.
Journell is a place kicker for the Virginia Tech football team and an All-ACC 2011 honorable mention winner.
All three men are currently being held without bond at the Montgomery County Jail while the investigation continues.
Journell, a redshirt sophomore, was an All-ACC honorable mention this season after making 14 of 17 field goals, including 10 straight to finish the season.
From Ripplemead, the former Giles High kicker was the first true place-kicker to be signed to a scholarship by Virginia Tech since Shayne Graham in 1996.
When Journell missed the Duke game Oct. 29 with a quad strain, the Hokies used two seniors to replace him, letting Tyler Weiss handle short kicks and Justin Myer long ones.
Weiss, who started at Murray State as a freshman in 2007 and went 7-for-10, missed his only attempt against the Blue Devils from 29 yards.
Myer, who also handles kickoffs, is 0-for-2 on field goal attempts this season, missing from 57 against North Carolina and 53 yards against Virginia.
UPDATE, 10:31 a.m.: No comment from Tech yet (not a lot of folks around), but this was passed on to me: Per University Policy, any student-athlete charged with felony is suspended from playing or practicing until charges are dropped, dismissed or resolved.
UPDATE, 10:41 a.m.: Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver makes it official with statement: “Virginia Tech redshirt sophomore place-kicker Cody Journell is immediately suspended indefinitely from the football team in conjunction with University Policy 1035.”
UPDATE, 12:35 p.m.: Journell is scheduled for a 1:30 p.m. appearance in Montgomery County General District court.
UPDATE, 1:14 p.m.: This was just filed by Lerone Graham, our crime and courts reporter for the New River Valley bureau:
According to warrants filed in Montgmery County General District court, the incident revolved around some sort of drug transaction, and a weapon was involved.
The three are accused of entering the house of Dorenzo Hudson and Sean Allen with a weapon, with the intent to commit larceny, assault and battery, or another felony, according to warrants. Dunton and Brady are listed as roomates in an apartment on the 600 block of Lee Street.
Hudson is a senior on the Hokies basketball team.
UPDATE, 2:50 p.m.: More from Lerone, who was at the court hearing:
The three defendants appeared in court momentarily before Judge Randall Duncan declared recess to allow the commonwealth time to reach a witness.
A prosecutor said the commonwealth has sufficient factual information, but said the witness “on which the gun was drawn” has not responded to phone messages.
Brady’s attorney voiced his desire to proceed with the hearing today since Christmas is around the corner. At this point, Brady broke down into tears, to which Duncan responded that “crying is not going to help you” and told him to allow his attorney to speak for him.
Court is in recess until 3 p.m. while the Commonwealth’s Attorney attempts to reach a witness. It was not stated whether Hudson or Allen was the witness yet to be reached.