Virginia Tech RB arrested on assault charges; held without bail
[dropcap]H[/dropcap]ours after finishing Virginia Tech’s spring game as the leading rusher, sophomore running back Michael Holmes found himself Montgomery County jail charged with two counts of simple assault and one count of malicious wounding and is being held without bail.
A source told Mike Barber of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the charges stem from a fight that occurred late Saturday night or early Saturday morning outside a Blacksburg bar. Barber says that law enforcement officials could not confirm that Sunday.
A Class 3 felony in Virginia, malicious wounding does not necessarily mean a weapon was involved, but it is described as an attempt to “maliciously shoot, stab, cut, or wound any person or by any means cause him bodily injury, with the intent to maim, disfigure, disable, or kill.”
Because he was charged with a felony, Holmes is automatically suspended from the football team until the case is resolved, per University policy. Barber’s source stated that Holmes is scheduled to be arraigned Monday morning in General District Court in Christiansburg.
The 6-foot, 215-pound Holmes was a 3-star recruit out of Harrisonburg (Va.) High School in 2011. After a redshirt, he started five games last year and finished the season with 280 yards and four touchdowns.
Holmes was not happy with his performance last season. He said he suffered that a deep thigh bruise suffered during practice leading up to the Hokies’ Nov. 8 game vs. Florida State and never recovered, but was excited about the upcoming season.
He competed with redshirt freshman Trey Edmunds and sophomore J.C. Coleman for the starting job, and led all rushers with seven carries for 24 yards in the spring game.
“Well, the main thing I’ve gotten better at is being a leader,” Holmes told reporters after Saturday’s game. “I played last year, so I’ve been trying to get all the young bucks together, keep them working hard. The thing we’re going to work on the most is being consistent. Just grinding, putting in work, trying to get better.”
UPDATE: According to Andy Bitter of the Roanoke Times, a press release issued Sunday night said officers responded to the 200 block of College Ave. for a fight in progress at 1:50 a.m. Sunday morning.
The release said one victim was transported to LewisGale Medical Center for treatment of an unspecified injury. Two other victims were treated at the scene. The names of the victims were not released.
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