Deonte Houston charged with robbery

Updated: May 12, 2011, 9:39 PM ET
By Matt Ehalt | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Wings Academy senior guard Deonte Houston was arrested Tuesday and charged with one count of robbery in the first degree, a Class B felony, a New York Police Department spokesman confirmed Thursday.

The spokesman said Houston and three unapprehended males allegedly produced a handgun and forcibly removed property -- an iPod touch estimated at $269 -- from a 15-year-old boy.

Houston was arraigned Wednesday at Bronx Criminal Court and released under his own recognizance, according to the Bronx County Office of the District Attorney Public Information Office.

The New York Post first reported the arrest.

Houston helped lead Wings Academy to the Bronx borough title this year and the Public Schools Athletic League Class AA semifinals. He earned honorable mention on ESPNNewYork.com's All-New York City boys team.

According to the police spokesman, Houston -- a 17-year-old who lives in the Bronx -- was arrested at approximately noon on Tuesday. The alleged robbery occurred Sunday at approximately 6:01 p.m. at the corner of Lacombe Avenue and Pugsley Avenue in Pugsley Creek Park in the Bronx, according to the criminal complaint.

The police said the victim alleged that the four individuals approached him on bicycles and one of them pulled out a gun from his waistband and pointed it at him and ordered him to empty the contents of his pockets on the ground, which he did.

The criminal complaint also says one of the unidentified individuals allegedly took money during the robbery. In the criminal complaint, the victim states that Houston "approached him and said, in sum and substance, 'Do you remember me,'" and that another individual later pulled out a gun and said, "Don't play stupid."

The victim said that, as a result, he "experienced annoyance, alarm and fear for his physical safety," according to the complaint.

Houston averaged 14.5 points, four rebounds and 6.6 assists for the Wings in 14 league games. He is a one-star recruit, according to ESPNU, and had not committed or signed with any school for next season.

Houston's next court appearance is July 12 in Bronx State Supreme Court.

Matt Ehalt is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.

Matt Ehalt

ESPN New York contributor

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