Reports are surfacing out of Gainesville, Fla. this morning that South Kingstown, R.I. native and former St. Mark's standout Erik Murphy, a sophomore forward at the University of Florida, has been arrested on burglary charges.
Courtesy of the Associated Press:
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Two Florida basketball players were arrested early Sunday and charged with felony burglary for allegedly breaking into a car.
Erik Murphy and Cody Larson were booked at the St. Johns County Jail around 4 a.m. They were released after each posted a $5,000 bond.
A third man, team manager Joshua Adel, was charged with principal to burglary. St. Augustine police said he acted as a lookout.
Officers said the 20-year-old Murphy and 19-year-old Larson went into a restaurant/bar around 2 a.m., claimed to have lost a wallet and apparently tried to get close to an employee counting money. According to police, bouncers told the players to leave, then witnessed them breaking into a co-worker's car across the street. The victim didn't notice any items missing from his car, police said.
Nonetheless, Murphy and Larson were charged with one felony count of third-degree burglary.
Murphy, a 6-foot-10 sophomore from South Kingstown, R.I., averaged 4.8 points and 2.3 rebounds in 10.8 minutes this past season. He was the team's best 3-point shooter (40 percent). Larson, a 6-foot-9 freshman from Sioux Falls, S.D., didn't play.