UPDATED: Texas Tech RB Da'Leon Ward arrested for theft of phones in Nov
Charges against Texas Tech running back Da’Leon Ward, 20, will be dropped, according to court documents.
A motion to dismiss charges was filed in the case Wednesday morning.
Less than two weeks before the season kicks off, Texas Tech's expected starting running back was in the Lubbock County Detention Center.
Da'Leon Ward was arrested Tuesday afternoon for a warrant filed in June from an incident in November. The charge is theft between $2,500 and $30,000, which is a state jail felony.
A Texas Tech Police report shows four mobile phones were stolen at the Texas Tech Recreation Center on the evening of Nov. 14. The police report shows incident times of 5:59, 6:36, 6:37 and 8:16.
The report doesn't give many details, just "an officer investigated theft, which occurred at the Student Recreation Center basketball courts. A cell phone was taken." This is for each of the four incident times.
Texas Tech Athletics issued this statement Tuesday evening:
“Texas Tech Athletics was made aware this afternoon of an incident involving sophomore running back Da’Leon Ward. We are still looking into the matter at this time and will have no further comment.”
Ward redshirted last season. In 2016 he rushed for 428 yards, 3 TDs. Ward was the first true freshman to lead Tech in rushing since Shaud Williams in 1999, first time since a true or redshirt freshman led the team in rushing since Taurean Henderson in 2002.