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FIU player charged with attempted murder

MIAMI -- A Florida International football player pistol-whipped another student during an on-campus robbery attempt, and
when the victims tried to drive away, a player shot out a window of
their car, according to a police report Tuesday.

Everett Baker, 20, was charged with attempted murder for firing
into an occupied car. He also was charged with two counts of armed
robbery, possession of a weapon on school grounds and two counts of
aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, all felonies.

Two other football players, Randy Arnold, 20, and Diamos
DeMerritt, 21, were also charged with six felonies for the weekend
attempted robbery. Two other suspects remained at large Tuesday.

Campus police officials Tuesday didn't know -- and it was unclear
in the report -- which players are accused of pistol-whipping the
victims and whether the two at-large suspects are also football
players.

Baker, Arnold and DeMerritt were being held without bond at a
Miami-Dade County jail. Their next hearing is set for July 26.

FIU athletic officials didn't immediately return a call Tuesday
seeking comment. Athletic director Rick Mello said Monday that
"we're extremely disappointed" and that "appropriate action"
will be taken after an investigation. Florida International is
moving up to Division I-A this season after two seasons in Division
I-AA.

The players have been assigned attorneys by the Miami-Dade
County public defender's office, which had no comment Tuesday.