Former USC Aiken basketball player arrested

By: Staff
By: Staff

Monday, Aug. 4, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- A former USC Aiken basketball player from the area is accused of armed robbery, the Richmond County Sheriff's Office said.

Santoine Calvin Butler, 23, played Forward on the USC Aiken men's basketball team and graduated from Cross Creek High School. On Saturday, Butler was booked along with Jahmad Saleem and Cyrial Vickers on charges of armed robbery at Charles B. Webster Detention Center.

The Washington Road Kangaroo Express/BP was robbed at gun-point on Sunday at 2 a.m., the Richmond County Sheriff's Office said. Witnesses said a suspect demanded a pack of cigars while pulling out a black semi-automatic handgun. The suspect ran away from the scene with money and several boxes of cigarettes/cigars toward Stevens Creek Road.

The suspect's vehicle, a red 1998 General Motors pickup truck displaying Georgia tag BKJ9822 with a toolbox in the cargo bed, was stopped at the intersection of Claussen Road and Reynolds Industrial Boulevard, the Sheriff's Office said.

Saleem, 23, was charged with armed robbery & possession of a firearm during commission of a crime. Vickers, 22, and Butler were charged with armed robbery.

Butler earned a McDonald's All-American nomination during his senior season with the Razorbacks. He spent two seasons with USC Aiken, averaging four points and five rebounds during the 2013-14 season.

The wrong mugshot for Vickers was provided to the media by the Richmond County Sheriff's Office. The photo has since been removed from our system. News 12 apologizes for the misinformation.

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