JMU Hoops Star Arrested Day Before Team Leaves For NCAA Tourney Game
Posted: March 18, 2013
By ROB LONGLEY
HARRISONBURG — Harrisonburg police released more information this morning about the incident that led to Sunday’s arrest of James Madison University basketball standout Rayshawn Goins.
Goins was charged Sunday night with one count of disorderly conduct and one count of “knowingly attempt[ing] to intimidate or impede law enforcement.” Both are misdemeanors.
Goins’ arrest came just a few hours after he and the rest of the JMU basketball team learned they would face Long Island University Brooklyn in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. It’s not yet clear if Goins’ arrest will affect his status for the game, scheduled for Wednesday in Dayton, Ohio. The team, which qualified for the NCAA’s by winning its first CAA championship in 19 years, is scheduled to leave for Dayton later today.
The arrest stemmed from an incident several hours earlier, when city police were called to help break up a party at 865 East, an apartment building on Port Republic Road that caters to JMU students.
According to a statement from Lt. Kurt Boshart of the Harrisonburg Police Department, officers were called to the building at about 12:30 Sunday morning to help building security break up a “large party out of control.”
As officers attempted to break up the crowd of more than 200 partygoers, a man, identified by police as Goins, “began yelling obscenities at the officers and enticing the crowd. He was told to leave several times by the officers and eventually was taken away by acquaintances.”
Boshart’s statement said that because HPD officers at the scene were concerned that arresting Goins then and there could incite the crowd to “turn riotous,” they decided not to take him into custody at that time.
The Daily News-Record will update this story as details become available.
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