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Janzen Jackson faces charges of attempted armed robbery

By Adam Hooper - bio | email

UPDATE: 7News has just received word that the three University of Tennessee freshmen charged with attempted armed robbery will not play with the Volunteers at Mississippi. The Tennessee Vols will travel to Oxford this Saturday to face the Rebels. 

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - "About 1:43am we were called to a robbery in progress at a convenient store," said one officer with Knoxville police.

Janzen Jackson, and two University of Tennessee teammates were arrested earlier Thursday morning. According to the police report, Nu'keese Richardson, and Mike Edwards approached a car at a convince store. One had a pellet gun. They both allegedly demanded money from two  men inside.

"They jumped out and opened my car door and stuck a gun in my face. He said give me everything you got. I was stunned for a minute and I said I did not have anything to give him," said Cory Zickefoose

According to the police report, the victims said Janzen then approached the car and told the two other suspects, "we've got to go." Police say, the three men and a woman fled the scene, but were later pulled over, and identified by the victims.

University of Tennessee head coach, Lane Kiffin, who earlier in the season boasted about his team having no arrests, did not have much to say about this situation.

"We are gathering all of the information, and until then we really have nothing for you. The only thing I can tell you is that Janzen has been released," said Lane Kiffin.

Jackson was released Thursday afternoon, and his attorney released a statement saying,

"As of this afternoon his bond has been reduced from $15,000 to being released on his recognizance. Mr. Jackson vehemently asserts his innocence, and we hope that this will become apparent in the next 24 to 48 hours."

Eric Papiion, who now plays for the McNeese Cowboys, was close to Jackson and played with him at Barbe High School. He says the news comes as a shock to him.

"He was basically at the wrong place at the wrong time, and it kind of messed him over. I am shocked at the moment. Janzen doesn't seem like he would do that. He was real focused on his football," said former teammate Eric Papion. 

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