New Mexico State star Nelson charged with robbery
LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- New Mexico State University star forward Tyrone Nelson has been arrested and charged with robbing a pizza delivery man, Las Cruces police said Friday.
Nelson, 21, of Hempstead, Texas, is accused of robbing the delivery man here Tuesday. Police arrested him at a local mall Thursday.
The delivery man identified two suspects in the robbery, a police report stated.
Nelson was charged with robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery and is being held on a $15,000 bond at the Dona Ana County jail.
Nelson has been suspended from the basketball program for 72 hours pending an investigation, New Mexico State officials said in a news release Friday.
"The situation is not consistent with Tyrone's character, but we will get to the bottom of what happened," NMSU head coach Reggie Theus said.
Nelson was a first-team All-Western Athletic Conference player last year for the Aggies. He averaged a team-high 17.8 points and 8.7 rebounds during the 2005-06 season.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press
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