MEMPHIS, Tennessee (WCMH) — A former Ohio State Buckeye cornerback has been arrested on multiple robbery charges in Memphis, Tennessee.
According to court records, Marcus Kristian Williamson, 23, was arrested Friday and is facing two charges of aggravated robbery and one charge each of especially aggravated kidnapping and tampering with/fabricating evidence.
According to a court affidavit, a woman told police on Aug. 18 that she was robbed and kidnapped by an unknown man who implied he had a weapon.
The suspect, later identified by the woman as Williamson, took the victim’s wallet and phone and forced her to drive to the nearest ATM. Once arriving at a credit union, Williamson allegedly made the woman withdraw $500 from the machine and give the money to him.
According to court records, Williamson then made the woman get out of the car and drove off.
The following day, officers found the vehicle, a 2017 Toyota Corolla, being driven by Williamson, court records state. The car pulled into a car wash, at which point, the suspect got out and began throwing things into a trash can, police said. Officers then placed Williamson under arrest.
At the car wash, officers recovered the items from the trash can, including a hotel room key card that they later determined belonged to a room where Williamson was staying.
The victim identified Williamson from a six-photo lineup, police said.
Bail was set at $80,000.
Williamson is scheduled to be in court on Sept. 7.
Williamson played five seasons for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Originally from Westerville, he was part of four Big Ten champion teams and two Ohio State teams that made it to the College Football Playoffs.
He played 47 games, started 14 times including all eight games of the shortened 2020 season, and in the 2021 season, had 27 tackles and three pass breakups.
On Wednesday, an attorney representing the family of Williamson issued a statement asking for privacy as they focused on Marcus’ mental health and well-being.
The statement reads, in part:
“We ask that the public and media respect the family’s wishes as they deal with this matter. While Marcus played for a well-known college football program, he is still a young man who deserves empathy and due process. Marcus was a three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete, two-time Academic All-Big Ten Conference athlete, and he is an outstanding young man. As we investigate his current circumstances, we ask that the OSU football family and fans support him and his family through this time, rather than rush to judgment.”Sean Walton, Walton + Brown LLP, representing the Williamson family