Two student-athletes at the University of Minnesota Crookston were arrested Tuesday afternoon and are in custody, accused of a home invasion robbery on South Ash Street.
According to the Crookston Police Department, during interviews with officers, Anthony Glen Barge, 21, originally from Georgia, and Joseph Moorer, 20, admitted to the robbery. Barge, known as "A.J.," was the starting quarterback for for the Golden Eagle football team the past two seasons. Barge played basketball for the Golden Eagles this past season as well. He was going to be moved to wide receiver for the football team for the upcoming season, but in late April in a series of tweets from his Twitter account (@GrownMan_Statis) he indicated he was returning to Georgia for good to deal with some family matters. Moorer, from Houston, Texas, played in 20 games for the Golden Eagle men's basketball team this past season, starting three.
Crookston Police got the call at 2 p.m., reporting a robbery at 431 South Ash Street in the Woods Addition and two suspects running away with garbage bags full of property. Upon arrival, officers spoke with the complainants, who live at 429 South Ash, and the victims, who live at 431 South Ash.
Officers were told that two African-American male suspects wearing black masks entered the dwelling at 431 South Ash, and one pointed what appeared to be a black, semi-automatic handgun at a female victim, while the other filled plastic garbage bags with cash, electronic game consoles, expensive footwear and clothing, and prescription medications. The two suspects, officers were told, then fled eastbound on foot. Another witness believed they drove off in a silver Chrysler 200 with Georgia license plates. Officers began looking for the vehicle while other officers continued interviewing witnesses. Through the interviews, the CPD was able to identify Barge and Moorer as possible suspects.
A short time later, an officer found a vehicle matching the description and located Barge at UMC. He was brought to the CPD for questioning. Soon after, Moorer was located at UMC as well and brought in for questioning. During the interviews, according to Police Chief Tim Motherway, both admitted to the robbery. All of the stolen items were recovered, as were the masks and the handgun, described as a "realistic looking CO2 air gun made to look like a Berretta handgun.”
Barge and Moorer are in custody at the Northwest Regional Corrections Center.
The Polk County Sheriff's Office assisted the CPD. The investigation continues.