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Mayville State receiver accused of stealing gun

FARGO -- A Mayville State University football player faces felony theft charges after being accused of stealing a pistol from the bedside table of a woman who brought him home after meeting him at a nearby sports bar.Court documents filed Monday ...

FARGO - A Mayville State University football player faces felony theft charges after being accused of stealing a pistol from the bedside table of a woman who brought him home after meeting him at a nearby sports bar.
Court documents filed Monday in Cass County District Court charge William Davione Simpson of Fargo with one count of Class C theft, a felony.
Charging documents say Fargo police responded about 12:53 p.m. local time Friday to an apartment in the 4900 block of 47th St. S. on a report of a stolen firearm.
The victim told police she woke up at noon after a night out with some friends at the Bulldog Taps to find that her guest, Simpson, was gone. She also discovered that someone had taken her gun, a Glock 19, from the nightstand, leaving its case and magazines behind.
She told police she met Simpson the previous night and knew him only as a football player for Mayville. He had come back to her place with the group to hang out, and then stayed after everyone left, she told police.
Police called Mayville’s head coach, who put them in touch with Simpson, documents say. Simpson told police he had the gun, but claimed a friend of his took it.
Simpson then admitted he took the gun, and handed it over to officers, the complaint says.
Simpson, listed on the team roster as a junior wide receiver from Perris, Calif., has been suspended from the team pending the outcome of the case, said John Haines, Mayville’s head football coach.
“If this continues to be a felony, that’ll be the end of the road,” he said.
Haines described Simpson as “a good kid” and said Simpson had no criminal history prior to coming to play for Mayville State.
Simpson’s next court appearance is set for Jan. 19.

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