Florida Gators redshirt freshman cornerback JC Jackson was arrested in connection with an armed robbery committed on Saturday at Canopy Apartments in Gainesville. Jackson and two other men allegedly held the residents of the home at gunpoint before taking a XBOX One, marijuana and cash.
Jackson was booked into Alachua County Jail and is being held on $150,000 bond, facing charges of first-degree felony robbery with a firearm.
According to a police report, Jackson called one of the residents of the apartment, speaking to him about “hanging out and smoking cannabis.” Jackson entered the home without knocking, looked inside and quickly shut the door, according to the two victims.
Jackson then reportedly said that he had a phone call and left the residents before the robbery took place. Jackson never re-entered the apartment but he was identified by the victims via a photo lineup.
“We are aware of the news involving J.C. Jackson, and he is currently dealing with a serious issue,” coach Jim McElwain said in a press release. “We don’t condone any of his actions, and it is not something that reflects on the expectations we have in the program. It is being handled accordingly due to the severity of his actions.”
Jackson missed his freshman season after a shoulder injury in Florida’s first game but had been working with the first team defense this spring and was on track to earn a starting job at cornerback.