Former USC, LSU Football Players Charged with String of Robberies
Both men have pleaded not guilty to the charges against them
Two football players have been arrested in connection with a string of Los Angeles area robberies, including a carjacking and assault with a deadly weapon, PEOPLE confirms.
Bryce Dixon, a former USC tight end, and Trey Lealaimatafao, a former defense lineman, were each charged Thursday with five counts of second-degree robbery and one count each of carjacking, attempted carjacking and assault with a deadly weapon, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
The two men, both 19, are each being held on $100,000 bond.
The former college players are accused of allegedly committing the spate of robberies around Los Angeles on Tuesday. According to prosecutors, the two men would allegedly stop people, threaten them and steal their belongings.
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Dixon’s lawyer, Joshua Ritter, says the case against his client is weak.
“He is adamantly denying it,” Ritter tells PEOPLE. “I think this is one of the rushed to judgment type situations where the police wanted to get someone arrested before they had gathered all the evidence and I feel that once we gather all of the facts and evidence he is going to be vindicated…. They claim to be at a different location from where any of these robberies took place.”
Dixon was expelled from USC in May over sexual misconduct allegations. A judge later reinstated him after he challenged the expulsion.
“He was reinstated by a judge’s order to allow him to enroll in school but the university did not allow him to play football so he hasn t been on the football team since the spring of 2015,” USC spokesperson Tim Tessalone tells PEOPLE.
Lealaimatafao, a former defensive tackle with LSU, was dismissed from the football team in June, The Advocate reports.
Both men have pleaded not guilty to the charges against them. If convicted, they face a possible maximum sentence of more than 15 years in state prison.