Monday, April 9, 2007 Updated: August 1, 7:49 PM ET
Police: BYU players arrested on suspicion of burglary
OREM, Utah -- Brigham Young linebacker Terrance Hooks and
tight end Vic So'oto were suspended from spring drills after they
were accused of breaking into two apartments in search of someone
who threw a water balloon.
BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall suspended Hooks and So'oto for the
final week of spring practice, including the Blue-White scrimmage
April 14, and possibly longer.
Hooks and So'oto were arrested early Saturday on suspicion of
burglary, Orem police Lt. Doug Edwards said. Both were released on
bail Monday and an initial court court appearance was scheduled for
The Utah County Attorney received the case Monday and was
considering what charges were warranted.
The players were trying to find two people who hit Hooks'
girlfriend with a water balloon from an apartment balcony after a
dance in the parking lot, Edwards said.
Hooks and So'oto entered the building but went to the wrong door
and kicked it in after nobody answered, Edwards said.
The people inside the apartment called security while the
players pounded on another door and shouted. Hooks then kicked the
second door in, Edwards said.
Police arrived while Hooks was on his way to the bedroom where
the people suspected of throwing balloons had retreated, Edwards
So'oto, Hooks and his girlfriend were arrested. A pair of
22-year-olds accused of throwing the balloons were cited for
Mendenhall said the length of the players' suspensions will
depend partly on what happens with the legal case.
"This is a matter we take very seriously," the coach said in a
So'oto's attorney, Tasi Young of Provo, said he was confident
that his client's case would be resolved. Hooks' attorney had no