O.J. Simpson was contacted by Las Vegas law-enforcement authorities after he was named as a suspect in an armed robbery of “various sports-related products” in a hotel room, police said Friday.
“Mr. Simpson is cooperating with the Las Vegas Police Department during this investigation,” police Capt. James Dillon said at a press conference.
Dillon said Simpson was one of the suspects in the case, and that the former gridiron star and double-murder defendant was initially asked to submit to questioning after being contacted by police at a Las Vegas hotel.
At the time of the press conference, Dillon said Simpson was not in custody, nor was he restricted from leaving Las Vegas.
Las Vegas metro robbery detectives expected to question Simpson later Friday and possibly into Saturday, Dillon said.
Dillon provided few details of the case. When asked at the news conference if guns were used, he said, “We have reports from the victim that there are weapons involved.”
None of the alleged weapons had been recovered, said Dillon, though some of the sports items have been.
Earlier Friday, Simpson, speaking to the Associated Press, said he had gone to the hotel room to collect memorabilia that belonged to him, but that he did not break into the premises.
The break-in was reported at the Palace Station casino late Thursday night, police spokesman Jose Montoya told the AP. “When they talked to him, Simpson made the comment that he believed the memorabilia was his,” he said. “We’re getting conflicting stories from the two sides.”
The alleged victim was identified by TMZ.com as Alfred Beardsley.
In 1995 Simpson was acquitted of the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman. Later, a civil jury held him liable for the killings in a wrongful death lawsuit. He has recently penned a controversial fictional book, which hit bookstores Friday, called If I Did It.
Contacted by Extra, Kim Goldman, Ron Goldman’s sister, said of the new developments involving Simpson, “It’s consistent with who he is.” Fred Goldman, Ron’s father, said, “He has indicated so far, with his kind of arrogance, that he had a right to do it.”
On the law finally catching up to Simpson, the elder Goldman said, “I’ve been waiting 13 years.”
Simpson’s attorney, Yale L. Galanter, did not immediately return calls for comment. A spokeswoman for the Palace Station casino also did not immediately return a call for comment.