GREENSBORO — Ten days after playing in North Carolina’s East-West All-Star basketball game, former Northwest Guilford standout Jalen Spicer was arrested Thursday and charged with two felonies.
Spicer, who signed a letter of intent in April to play basketball at N.C. A&T, was arrested in Greensboro and faces charges from an incident that allegedly occurred July 23 in Oak Ridge. He was charged with common law robbery and breaking or entering a motor vehicle. He also was charged with simple assault, a misdemeanor.
Guilford County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. N.E. Triche stressed today that “the investigation is ongoing,” but said: “On July 23, at approximately 11:50 p.m., a 17-year-old male reported that he was the victim of a robbery and assault. The incident occurred between 11:40 and 11:50 at the Oak Ridge Commons shopping center at 2205 Oak Ridge Road, Oak Ridge, when multiple subjects assaulted him by punching him multiple times and robbed him of various items. Estimated value of the stolen items was about $1,100.”
Triche declined to identify the 17-year-old. Also arrested and facing charges, Triche said, were Demetrius Butler, 18, a former Western Guilford basketball player; Preston Delano Graves, 18; and an unnamed 17-year-old.
Spicer, 18, was released on a written promise to appear in Guilford County District Court on Aug. 28.
Calls to N.C. A&T basketball coach Jay Joyner and sports information director Brian Holloway today seeking comment on Spicer’s status with the Aggies’ basketball program were not returned.
Spicer was a first-team HSXtra.com All-Area selection for public schools in basketball in 2016 and an honorable-mention selection in 2017. The 5-foot-8 guard scored 15 points for the West in the East-West game at the Greensboro Coliseum on July 17. He also played football at Northwest Guilford.