MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A West Virginia offensive lineman arrested Sunday night allegedly forced his way into the apartment of his ex-girlfriend at a complex near Milan Puskar Stadium.
Russell Haughton-James, 22, was arrested on a single count of burglary by West Virginia state police.
Troopers responded to a domestic situation at a Chateau Royale apartment and noticed the door damaged. The victim told police she had been in a relationship with Haughton-James, claiming he was upset that she had ended the relationship. She told troopers Haughton-James had sent her text messages and came to the the apartment to collect his belongings.
Haughton-James allegedly forced his way into the apartment where the victim and another woman said he paced back and forth, smacked his hands together and said he didn’t care if he went to jail. The women told police they became fearful for their safety.
A state police source said officers, while attempting to defuse the situation, were compelled to arrest Haughton-James once they verified he had entered the apartment. The player reportedly argued with officers after being taken into custody.
Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen released a statement through the school Monday:
“I have been made aware of the situation. I am gathering the facts at this time and will to continue to monitor. I have no further comment at this time.”
Daytime burglary is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison in West Virginia. Haughton-James was arraigned Monday with bail set at $5,000.
Haughton-James, a senior from Plantation, Fla., has played in 26 career games with the Mountaineers. The 6-foot-5, 300-pounder started the Gold-Blue spring game at left tackle and is expected to be a swing backup behind Yodny Cajuste and Marquis Lucas.
Haughton-James, appeared in 12 games last season as a reserve, primarily used as an extra offensive lineman in short-yardage situations and on special teams.
He became the second Mountaineer arrested in the past month, following defensive lineman Kyle Rose, who was charged with public intoxication, disorderly conduct, obstructing an officer and battery on an officer at a Morgantown bar.