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Utah Utes football player dismissed from team after accused of armed robbery

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Posted at 10:29 AM, Jul 06, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-10 12:43:46-04

SALT LAKE CITY – University of Utah athletics officials have dismissed Utes football player Dominique Hatfield after he was accused of armed robbery last week.

Utah football coach Kyle Whittingham sent this statement to Fox 13 Friday:

“We have developed further concerns about Dominique Hatfield’s off-field behavior, and as a result, he has been dismissed from our program.”

School officials would not comment further on the situation.

Monday Whittingham said, “Given the serious nature of the charge against Dominique Hatfield, he has been suspended indefinitely from our program while we await further clarity from the legal system.”

The cornerback was arrested and booked on suspicion of felony aggravated robbery while using or threatening to use a weapon, according to Unified Police.

Officials said a victim agreed to meet the seller, Hatfield, to buy an X-Box from an online classified ad.

Unified Police said Hatfield allegedly pulled a knife on the victim when they met at a car wash near 635 W. and 3900 S.  and demanded money.

The victim complied and gave Hatfield $180 who then allegedly ran to the Mountain Shadow apartments nearby.

Officers said the victim’s wife arranged another meeting with the seller, Hatfield, to purchase an iPhone at the same location as the alleged first robbery.

This time, Unified officers were there and arrested Hatfield.

No one was injured during the alleged robbery.