Former Peach Belt basketball players accused of armed robbery

EDITOR'S NOTE:  Earlier accounts incorrectly identified one of the schools.

 

Two former Peach Belt Con­fer­ence basketball players were arrested Saturday on armed robbery charges, jail records show.

Former USC Aiken forward Santoine Calvin Butler, 23, and former Columbus State guard Jahmad Oliajwan Saleem, 23, were booked into the Charles B. Webster Detention Center on Saturday on charges of felony armed robbery.

Saleem faces an additional charge of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. A third man, Cyril Maurice Vickers, 23, of Augusta, was also charged with felony armed robbery in the incident.

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office Records Division said an incident report had not yet been processed for the robbery as of Sunday night.

Butler, a graduate of Cross Creek High School, joined the Pacers in 2012 after two years at Gard­ner-Webb, according to the USC Aiken athletic Web site. He was part of two USC Aiken teams that made deep runs in the NCAA Division II Tournament, reaching the Elite Eight in 2013 and the Final Four this year

Saleem, who also starred for Cross Creek, was accused earlier this year of stealing credit cards from two students and racking up $544 worth of fraudulent charges, according to the The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. He was found with a small amount of marijuana in his pocket while being apprehended, that report said.

Saleem remained a student at the university despite quitting the basketball team two weeks prior. A Richmond County jail committal listed Saleem as a student at USC Aiken.

 

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