Cal Poly football players rob frat house

August 11, 2014
Cameron Akins

Cameron Akins

By JOSH FRIEDMAN

San Luis Obispo police arrested five Cal Poly football players, including the star of the team, early Sunday morning for robbing a fraternity house near campus.

One of the players, 19-year-old Cameron Akins, a wide receiver, is accused of bringing a handgun into the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity house, then fighting and biting an officer when police arrived. Officers managed to subdue Akins with the help of others at the home and arrested him for robbery with a firearm, assault on a police officer and resisting arrest.

Police arrested the other players later Sunday morning. Investigators charged Dominique Love, 19, and Cortland Fort, 20, with robbery and Jake Brito, 18, and Kristaan Ivory, 20, with conspiracy to commit robbery.

The university has suspended each of the five players from the football team

Ivory, a senior running back, is the star of the team. Last year, Ivory rushed for 1,156 yards and six touchdowns.

Kristaan Ivory

Kristaan Ivory

Akins, a sophomore, was a probable starter at wide receiver this year, Cal Poly football spokesperson Eric Burdick said. Burdick said the arrests would significantly impact the team.

“Obviously it’s going to affect them a lot because there are several potential starters in that group of five,” Burdick

Two of the suspects, Cortland Fort and Dominique Love, are defensive backs who recently transferred into Cal Poly. The fifth suspect, Jake Brito, is a redshirt freshman running back.

On Monday morning, the university released a statement, saying it recognizes the seriousness of the charges and will move swiftly to respond.

“The university will do all it can to work with San Luis Obispo police in helping to determine what occurred. The five football student-athletes alleged to have taken part in this incident have been suspended from all team activities effective immediately, and the university will conduct internal investigations into possible student conduct violations,” the university release stated.

San Luis Obispo police say the robbery took place around 2:30 a.m. Sunday at the Delta Sigma Phi house, which is located at 244 California Boulevard.

The first officer on scene spotted Akins in the courtyard of the residence as he was confronting one of the victims. Akins then tried to flee before violently resisting multiple officers and civilians.

Akins bit one of the officers during the skirmish, but no one suffered any serious injuries. The officers recovered Akins’s weapon when they took him into custody.

Officers located Fort fleeing the scene in a vehicle as they were arriving. Police later located the other suspects and arrested each of them on the Cal Poly campus.

The motive of the robbery remains unclear, but an investigation is ongoing.

Police did release two names of victims: Forrest Baker and Nicholas Rimicci, both of whom appear to be members of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity.

The Cal Poly football team began practice on Aug. 1 and is scheduled to begin its season on Aug. 28 at New Mexico State. Cal Poly is ranked in the top 25 of two preseason Football Championship Subdivision polls.

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78 Comments

  1. SirTC says:

    Really? Akins bit a cop?
    Regards…

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  2. rogerfreberg says:

    Some athletes gravitate to certain drugs… performance enhancing drugs including stimulants… and then there are the recreational drugs of choice…. Xanex? really???

    It all begins with the athletic department holding their coaches responsible for the behavior of their athletes… and in turn, the coaches hold the athletes responsible for their behavior.

    Oh yeah, recruiting good athletes and good people should be our goal.

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  3. ml1999 says:

    Let’s not get carried away here. For all we know, one student brought a gun unbeknownst to his buddies. We don’t know the facts! Cal Poly is know for traditionally having upstanding, smart, together football players.

    We do know that Geoffrey Hyde was apparently trying to sell 90 Xanax pills last fall, and got a pass. No one called him a “thug”, and the SLOPD didn’t even charge him with a crime! Why is that? Explain that one away.

    A previous article also covered that a fellow Mustang student was apparently jumped and beaten savagely by a few guys, and the victim has reason to believe that one was a wrestler. Again the SLOPD seems to have swept this one under the rug, even though the victim had 5 or 6 staples in his skull!

    And for all we know, this fraternity could play a role in this drama. If they do play an illegal role, will you call them thugs, and demand that they all be expelled from the University?

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    • LameCommenter says:

      Nobody getting carried away here, ml1999, except you and Suzanne and your forgiving Pollyanna ignorance about protecting these thugs, spreading the blame for their felonies and presence of a firearm to the victims, etc.

      I sure hope you ignore your jury summons, and don’t bring your attitude to any criminal trials. There happen to be bad people who will do a violent felony when they feel like it. These thugs fit the bill, no matter how you want to gloss it over.

      And, of course, if any frat boys are involved in felony sale of drugs, they should be considered for expulsion. We are equal measure citizens here, regardless of the heritage or circumstances of the felons, student, athlete, frat house resident.

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