ECU's Bowden arrested by U.S. Marshals on weapons charges
Posted April 30, 2012
East Carolina basketball junior forward Shamarr Bowden was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Joint Fugitive Task Force Monday afternoon on charges of criminal possession of a loaded weapon and prohibited use of a firearm.
Bowden was wanted on the weapon’s charges by the Rochester (NY) Police Department following an incident at a party over the Easter weekend. At the party, Bowden “allegedly brandished a .45 caliber hand gun and fired several rounds into the air,” according to a release from the U.S. Marshals service.
"We have just been made aware of the alleged incident involving Shamarr, and at this point, we have to let the judicial system take its course," head coach Jeff Lebo said in a statement. "Any charge filed against an ECU basketball player is something we take very seriously, but since this is an ongoing legal matter, any further comment on our part would be premature and inappropriate.
"Due to the nature of the charges however, Shamarr has been indefinitely suspended from all team activities. Once the issue has been resolved, his status with the team will be re-evaluated."
Bowden’s arrest comes one day after two other ECU basketball players were arrested for public intoxication and resisting an officer. Junior guard Corvonn Gaines and junior transfer from Auburn, Tylisman Armstrong, were arrested at a nightclub in Greensboro early Sunday morning.
"They have been suspended indefinitely from all team activities,” said Lebo in a previous statement regarding the arrests of Gaines and Armstrong. “ We have a set of conduct standards in place that we expect our players to abide by."
Gaines and Armstrong each posted $1,000 bond. Their court dates have been set for June 4.
Bowden was taken into custody without incident Monday in the parking lot of the Hayes-Taylor Memorial YMCA and booked into the Guilford County Detention Center. He is being held on $50,000 secured bond and will have his first appearance Tuesday at 2 p.m.
Monday evening, ECU Director of Athletics Terry Holland said that he supports Lebo’s decision to suspend the student-athletes.
"Our coaches have high expectations that our student-athletes will always represent themselves, their families and East Carolina University in an appropriate manner," Holland said. "The athletic department works closely with the Office of Student Affairs to ensure that student-athletes are disciplined in a fair and consistent manner within the expectations for all ECU students when there are charges filed and until those charges are resolved. I have every confidence that Coach Lebo will handle this and all such matters properly for the student-athlete involved and for East Carolina University.”
Bowden started 23 games, appearing in 28 for ECU last season averaging 8.3 points per game. He was second on the Pirates’ team with 59 three-pointers made on 146 attempts (.404).
Bowden, a Greensboro native, began his college career at UNC-Charlotte playing in 15 games and averaging 5.7 points per contest in 2009-10 after redshirting his first season due to an injury. He transferred to Chipola College for his sophomore season where he was named second-team All-Panhandle Conference.
Gaines started 11 games but appeared in 31 for ECU last season averaging 22.2 minutes of court time per game. He was second on the team with 38 steals and chipped in 3.5 points per game.
Armstrong, who was initially recruited by Lebo at Auburn, played for the Tigers for two seasons. He tore his ACL following his freshman summer that reverted him to a bench role in his sophomore season.