University of Akron football player faces felony weapons charge
A University of Akron football player is facing a felony weapons charge after he was accused of having a loaded gun without a license to carry it earlier this month.
Teon Dollard recently was indicted in Summit County Common Pleas Court on a felony count of carrying a concealed weapon.
Dollard, UA’s star running back, has been suspended from athletics but is still enrolled at the university, UA officials said.
“He’s suspended right now, and I’m not going to say any more than that,” UA Coach Tom Arth said Monday at a spring practice.
Dollard, a junior, will be subject to UA’s Student Code of Conduct, which lists theft, possession of weapons, drug distribution, sexual misconduct, violent crime and chronic behavior issues as reasons for potential suspensions and dismissals.
Akron police officers responded in the early morning hours of March 2 to the 600 block of Sherman Street for a call of suspicious people. A woman who called police said three people knocked on her door and one had a gun, according to an Akron police report.
When officers arrived, they saw two men and a woman standing near a black truck. As they approached, an officer said they saw one of the men – later identified as Dollard – drop something. The officer saw a 9mm pistol lying on the ground where Dollard had been standing.
Dollard admitted to having the gun, which was loaded with a round in the chamber, according to police. He said he was in the area trying to find three women who had left his apartment.
He told police he did not know where he got the gun and said he didn’t have a permit to carry it, according to the report.
Police issued Dollard a summons but didn’t file charges against the man or woman who were with him.
Dollard, 22, was indicted March 19 on the weapons charge. He hasn’t been arraigned in Summit County Common Pleas Court, according to court records.
James Armstrong, Dollard’s Cuyahoga Falls attorney, couldn’t be reached for comment Monday.
Dollard, a transfer from Independence Community College, burst on the scene for the Zips last fall in the truncated Mid-American Conference season, playing in five of six games and rushing for 666 yards on 112 carries for 5.9 yards per carry.
Dollard was the most effective running back for the Zips since second-leading all-time rusher Jawon Chisholm from 2011-14 and had the potential to be a 1,000 yards per season rusher. He was expected to have a significant role in the UA offense in the coming season.
Dollard is originally from Lake City, Florida.
Beacon Journal sports reporter George Thomas contributed to this report. Stephanie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, 330-996-3705 and on Twitter: @swarsmithabj.