Juvenile male arrested in the shooting of Commanders rookie running back Brian Robinson Jr.

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Wednesday, November 2, Washington DC police announced the arrest of a 17-year-old male as a suspect in the high-profile shooting of Washington Commanders running back Brian Robinson Jr. in August. As the suspect is a juvenile, Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert Contee did not provide his name or information on his legal history.

The suspect has been charged with assault with the intention to rob while armed. Contee confirmed that two other individuals involved in the case are still being searched for. One of these suspects was described as the “getaway driver” in what seems to be a carjacking or armed robbery.

Contee gave partial credit for the arrest to a community tip, which he declined to provide details on. The Metro chief also stated that the local Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) office was closely involved with the forensics aspect of the case. He acknowledged both sources by commenting, “Violent crimes get solved because of good police work, community involvement, and science.”

This particular crime occurred on August 28. Brian Robinson Jr. is the rookie running back for the Washington Commanders. He was shot twice in his right leg during an attempted robbery near an entertainment district on H Street in northeast Washington DC. It is unclear if the assailants knew the NFL player’s identity when the event occurred.

The lauded third-round draft pick needed surgery on his injured leg. Robinson sat out the first month of the football season. He made his major league debut in Week 5 against the Tennessee Titans. Though the Commanders lost the game, Robinson’s presence on the field was a personal victory.

The Washington Commanders drafted Brian Robinson Jr. out of the University of Alabama. The powerhouse college player was named the MVP of the 2021 Cotton Bowl Classic and is a two-time College Football Playoff National Champion. In his senior year of high school, he rushed 990 yards and scored 18 touchdowns, earning him a Class 6A All-State title.

It’s currently week 9 of the NFL season, and the Commanders are 4-4. With their star rookie back in the fold, it is anyone’s game at this point.


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