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It is hard to imagine things getting worse at Seton Hall from a public relations perspective…
Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert Laurino announced Friday the arrest of former Seton Hall basketball player Kelly Whitney, 27, of Chicago in connection with the South Orange robbery allegedly involving Robert Mitchell, another former Seton Hall player and current student.
Whitney was arrested at approximately 11 p.m. [Thursday] night at a Newark hotel. He was charged with eight counts of kidnapping, eight counts of aggravated assault, robbery, burglary and weapons charges.
Whitney will be arraigned Monday.
Whitney and Mitchell allegedly entered a residence located on Irvington Avenue in South Orange on March 15, forcing the eight occupants of the home to move from various rooms into a common area where they forced them at gunpoint to turn over their cash and personal items.
Credit cards, cell phones, debit cards, drivers’ licenses, digital cameras and approximately $300 in cash were among the items allegedly taken.
Mitchell was arrested on Tuesday when South Orange officers spotted him in the vicinity of South Orange Avenue and Poe Avenue in Newark.
In addition to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, the South Orange Police Department and the United States Marshals Task Force participated in the arrest.
Bail for Whitney was set at $650,000 by the Honorable Amilkar Velez-Lopez, JMC. Both Mitchell and Whitney remain in custody in Essex County.
(Photo courtesy Star-Ledger)
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.