Crime

Charges filed against Cal Poly football players accused of armed robbery

Cameron Marcel Akins, 19, of Monrovia was arrested Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, on suspicion of robbery with a firearm, assault on a police officer and resisting arrest. Original story »
Cameron Marcel Akins, 19, of Monrovia was arrested Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, on suspicion of robbery with a firearm, assault on a police officer and resisting arrest. Original story »

The five Cal Poly football players arrested for their alleged involvement in an Aug. 10 attempted armed robbery at the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity house have been formally charged by prosecutors.

On Friday afternoon, the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office filed charges against Cameron Marcel Akins, 19, of Monrovia; Cortland Josiah Fort, 20, of Fontana; Dominique Alize Love, 19, of Poway; Jake Anthony Brito, 18, of Cypress; and Kristaan Sterling Ivory, 20, of Los Angeles.

Even though police have said that Akins was the only suspect to brandish a handgun and demand money or drugs from residents at the frat house, all five defendants have been charged with multiple felony counts of conspiracy to commit residential robbery, attempted residential robbery, attempted burglary, and false imprisonment, as well as several enhancements for using a firearm during a crime.

Akins was also charged with three additional charges of resisting arrest, a felony.

“Crimes committed with guns are a threat to the safety of our entire community,” Chief Deputy District Attorney Jerret Gran said in a news release. “We have absolutely no tolerance for violent gun crimes.”

According to the DA’s Office, conspiracy to commit a crime carries the same punishment as the underlying offense. A charge of attempted residential robbery carries a maximum sentence of 4.5 years. The maximum sentence enhancement for use of a firearm during a crime is 10 years.

At about 2:30 a.m. on Aug 10, Akins allegedly demanded money from a resident of the Delta Sigma Phi house on California Boulevard. The confrontation allegedly occurred on a patio toward the back of the fraternity property. As one of the residents led Akins up an outside stairway of the house, police officers arrived and a struggle ensued. With the help of fraternity members, police subdued and arrested Akins.

Fort was arrested after allegedly trying to flee in a vehicle as police arrived. Love, Ivory and Brito were not at the scene when police arrived; they were arrested later that day on the Cal Poly campus.

All five are scheduled for an arraignment in San Luis Obispo Superior Court on Monday.

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