Saturday, September 15, 2007

O.J. Simpson Is Arrested In Vegas

O.J. Simpson was arrested Sunday on charges related to an alleged armed robbery involving sports memorabilia on Thursday night in a Las Vegas hotel, say police in the gaming capital. Authorities apprehended O.J. shortly after 11 a.m. in his room at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas and brought him to a police office, according to Capt. James Dillon, the Associated Press reports. Police tell the AP that O.J. will face multiple felony charges, including robbery with a deadly weapon. A police press conference is scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday, Las Vegas time.

At least one other person reportedly has been arrested in the case, and police said earlier Sunday that as many as six others could face arrest in connection with the alleged incident on Thursday. Police also said that two firearms and other evidence were seized at a private residence early Sunday, the AP reports. On Saturday night, Walter Alexander, of Arizona, was arrested on two counts of robbery with a deadly weapon, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery and burglary with a deadly weapon, says the AP.

At a new conference on Friday, Capt. Dillon said that O.J. had been contacted by Las Vegas law-enforcement authorities after he was named as a suspect in an armed robbery of "various sports-related products" at the Palace Station casino-hotel. Dillon added, "Mr. Simpson is cooperating with the Las Vegas Police Department during this investigation." Earlier Friday, O.J., speaking to the AP, said he had gone to the hotel room to collect memorabilia that belonged to him, but that he did not break into the premises.

In 1995 O.J. was acquitted of the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman. Later, a civil jury held him liable for the killings in a wrongful death lawsuit. He has recently penned a controversial fictional book, which hit bookstores Friday, called If I Did It. Sunday afternoon, Ron Goldman's father, Fred Goldman, told CNN after being asked for his reaction to O.J.'s arrest, "I guess the obvious answer from me is, outstanding. If we're lucky, if I'm lucky, he'll go to jail. Unfortunately, it's not for murder, though."


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