CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Three University of Charleston basketball players are in custody for the violent robberies of at least two men.
The school's athletic community was shocked to learn of the allegations.
Terrell Lipkins, 20, and Robbie Dreher and Quincy Washington, both 22, beat and robbed victims in downtown Charleston over the weekend, according to a criminal complaint.
Lipkins was the team's leading scorer this past season. Dreher and Washington were both among the top four returning scorers. All three suspects are juniors.
Lipkins was taken into custody Tuesday night. Dreher and Washington turned themselves in early Wednesday, said Lt. Steve Cooper, Charleston Police Department spokesman.
They have been removed from the team and kicked out of student housing, UC President Ed Welch said during a Wednesday afternoon press conference.
If the allegations are true, they could also be expelled. All three currently have scholarships.
They are accused of robbing Andrew Rude, 58, and Patrick Morrison, 35, both of Charleston, along Virginia Street East early Sunday, according to the criminal complaint.
They are also "persons of interest" in at least two other muggings that have taken place on or near Virginia Street East downtown since April 14, Cooper said.
Authorities believe they may have targeted intoxicated individuals who were leaving downtown nightclubs.
"We believe a degree of danger in that area has been removed now that we've arrested these three suspects," Cooper said. "It's unfortunate when any young person makes a mistake this grave, especially with the educational opportunity these three guys had because of athletics."
In another case, John Dolin, 37, of Peytona, Boone County, was found lying unconscious and bloody in an alley in the early morning hours of April 19, according to earlier reports by Charleston police.
Dolin was obviously robbed, Cooper has said.
Although he was listed in critical condition immediately after being taken to Charleston Area Medical Center's General Hospital, his condition has improved.
Washington, Dreher and Lipkins are also persons of interest in a similar robbery near Capitol Street on April 14, Cooper said.
So far they have been charged only with the Sunday morning robbery.
Welch apologized to the community for the players' actions.
"If the allegations are true, they are contrary to everything we teach," he said.
Welch said he was shocked by the allegations but knew one of the accused had a previous run-in with law enforcement.
Dreher was charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct in April 2011 while attending Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C. He pleaded guilty to a lesser offense and was sentenced to one year of probation, UC Head Basketball Coach Mark Downey said.