UF football player, J.C. Jackson arrested for armed robbery

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A University of Florida redshirt freshman football player and Immokalee graduate was arrested Saturday for robbery charges.

Gainesville Police said Jerald Christopher “J.C.” Jackson was with two others Saturday afternoon, when they reportedly took marijuana, money and two gaming systems from a friend’s apartment.

Police said Jackson had made plans with at least one of the people who lived in the apartment to come over and smoke marijuana. When Jackson arrived, the victim let Jackson and two others into the home. Police said Jackson then acted like he had a phone call and walked out the back door, leaving the two other people inside with the victim. After Jackson walked out, police said the two other suspects pulled a gun on the victims and demanded they hand over cash and drugs. The suspects also searched the apartment and found two gaming systems, which they took. The suspects then took off running.

Police said Jackson never came back to the apartment, but he later called one of the victims.

Jackson faces charges of robbery with a firearm. He was held on $150,000 bond. Jail records did not show whether he had an attorney.

According to The Gainesville Sun, Florida coach Jim McElwain said Jackson’s situation was, “being handled accordingly due to the severity of his actions.”

Just four months ago, Jackson was hurt after he was grazed by a bullet on Christmas Eve. Deputies told WINK News Jackson was in a car with his brother Jacky Marcellus and Jackinson Marcellus. Both J.C. Jackson and his brother Jacky were grazed by bullets. Jackinson was shot in the face. All three were sitting inside a car at Crestview Apartments when it happened.


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