Virginia Tech running back Michael Holmes is being held without bail at Montgomery County Jail on one count of malicious wounding and two counts of simple assault, according to the Blacksburg Police Department.
A press release issued Sunday night said officers responded to the 200 block of College Ave. for a fight in progress at 1:50 a.m. Sunday.
As a result of the investigation, Holmes, 19, was arrested and charged with malicious wounding, a Class 3 felony in Virginia, and two counts of assault and battery, which are Class 1 misdemeanors.
The release said one victim was transported to LewisGale Medical Center for treatment of an unspecified injury. Two other victims were treated at the scene. The names of the victims were not released.
Malicious wounding is described as attempting to “maliciously shoot, stab, cut, or wound any person or by any means cause him bodily injury, with the intent to maim, disfigure, disable, or kill.”
Holmes is suspended indefinitely from the football team, per athletic department guidelines, until the charge is resolved or dropped. If found guilty of a felony, he would be kicked off the team.
A rising sophomore from Harrisonburg, Holmes ran for 280 yards last season and was expected to be in the mix for the starting job next fall.
He was arrested only hours after Virginia Tech’s spring game, where he led the running backs with seven carries for 24 yards.
Holmes was considered along with sophomore J.C. Coleman and redshirt freshman Trey Edmunds to be among the frontrunners for the Hokies’ featured back role. Running backs coach Shane Beamer praised Holmes’ consistency this spring, saying the tailback had gotten his “swag” back.
“The main thing I’ve gotten better at is being a leader,” Holmes said after the spring game. “I played last year, so I’ve been trying to get all the young bucks together, keep them working hard. The thing we’re going to work on the most is being consistent. Just grinding, putting in work, trying to get better.”