Ousted Baylor Football Player Arrested on Vegas Strip, City Continues to Attract Country’s Worst

Posted on: March 15, 2017, 10:00h. 

Last updated on: March 15, 2017, 10:09h.

Former Baylor football player Tre’Von Armstead was arrested early Monday morning at the Cromwell resort on the Las Vegas Strip on charges of domestic violence battery, resisting a public officer, and tampering with a police vehicle.

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Not one to bring home to the parents. Tre’Von Armstead, a former Baylor football player, is once again at the center of an assault case against a female. (Image: Sports Illustrated)

Armstead, 22, was dismissed from the university’s football team in February of 2016 after a woman said he and a teammate sexually assaulted her in 2013. The school expelled him after a Title IX adjudicator found the former All-Big 12 tight tend to be responsible for the assault.

Like so many other alleged lawbreakers and those with rap sheets, Armstead has apparently taken his criminal misconduct to Sin City.

At around 4:30 am on Monday, Metro police patrol officers witnessed the 6-foot-6, 280-pound man push a woman. When they tried to detain him, he didn’t go willingly. Armstead became combative with the law enforcement officers, and once in custody inside the police cruiser, he kicked out a window.

He remains at the Clark County Detention Center in lieu of $5,000 bail.

What Happens Here, Doesn’t Always Stay Here

Las Vegas has always been a preferred destination for those who don’t necessarily possess strong moral standards. With its vast array of gambling and adult entertainment, the Sin City nickname is justly appropriate.

Almost 76 years since the first casino on what’s now known as the Strip opened, those who aren’t the most law-abiding citizens continue to flock to the Mojave Desert for what they hope is a relieve from the law. They don’t always find what they’re looking for.

A few notable cases:

1959: Perry Smith and Dick Hickock flee to Vegas after murdering an all-American family in Kansas. They are caught and later hanged.

1968: The FBI Las Vegas division captures two persons on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list.

1979: Michael Lee Traub manages to escape from an Oregon prison where he was serving time for rape. He heads to Vegas and manages to live on the run for 16 years before being captured.

1999: White supremacist Buford Furrow, who killed a postal worker and attacked a Jewish center in Los Angeles, takes an $800 taxi ride from California to Las Vegas. He ends the manhunt when he walks into an FBI office and turns himself in.

2004: Ohio highway sniper Charles McCoy heads to Vegas after carrying out 24 attacks and killing one innocent motorist. He’s arrested in Sin City and later sentenced to 27 years in prison after being deemed insane with paranoid schizophrenia.

The list of rogue persons and wanted individuals venturing to Las Vegas goes on and on. Armstead is just another chapter in the city’s fascinating tale.

Baylor Bust

Armstead’s 2013 assault uncovered severe recruiting issues with the Baylor football program. It’s alleged that the team provided alcohol and illegal drugs to recruits, and that coaches encouraged female students in the Baylor Bruins hostess program to have sex with players.

The scandal led to the ousting of head coach Art Briles, and resignation of Baylor University President Ken Starr. It also severely damaged the reputation of the school, and turned football prospects away.

Once one of the best programs in the country, the Bears went 7-6 last year. Vegas has them at 300-1 to win the 2017 National Championship.