By Patrick McGee
Sun Herald (MCT)
HATTIESBURG – Southern Miss cornerback Ed Wilkins admitted to police that he and another man planned an armed robbery of a residence on Friday morning.
He is on indefinite suspension as the school looks into the incident.
Wilkins, 21, and Michael Bailey, 19, were booked into Forrest County Jail on the felony charges.
According to an incident report, Wilkins told police that he and Bailey went to a Hattiesburg residence to steal money and drugs.
“This is a serious matter,” USM coach Todd Monken said in a statement. “Ed has been removed from the program while we gather additional information.”
Wilkins, a redshirt junior from McDonough, Ga., played in 11 games at cornerback in 2013, starting nine. He registered 39 tackles and an interception.
Officers were dispatched to early Friday after the report of an armed robbery.
They first encountered Bailey, who said he was visiting ex-roommates there to smoke marijuana.
Wearing ski mask
According to the report, Bailey said a man – later identified as Wilkins – entered displaying a handgun with a laser on it and wearing a ski mask. He demanded money and drugs.
Bailey said he left the house, but returned to get his keys and was denied entrance by the occupants.
Investigating officers found a vehicle across the street with Wilkins laying across the back seat.
Inside the vehicle, officers found a ski mask that matched the description given by the victims, along with a gun and cash.
Both Wilkins and Bailey were being held on $75,000 bond.