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Ex-IU, North Side star Damarlo Belcher arrested on armed-robbery charge

Saturday, November 10, 2012 - 4:27 am

Damarlo Belcher, former North Side standout and Indiana University football player, was arrested Friday morning in Fort Wayne on a charge of armed robbery in connection with an incident in Bloomington.

According to a Bloomington Police Department release, the 24-year-old Belcher has admitted to an Oct. 30 robbery on North Walnut Street in Bloomington. The release said the robbery was set up as a marijuana buy, but the purported buyer (Belcher) pulled out a gun and robbed about 4 ounces of marijuana from the dealer.

The release said detectives learned that a third party had arranged for Belcher to make the buy.

Early Friday morning, Bloomington police received information that Belcher was staying with a relative in Fort Wayne. Detectives traveled to Fort Wayne and, with the help of Fort Wayne Police Department detectives, found Belcher at the home of a relative. He was taken into custody without incident.

The release said Belcher admitted to the robbery during questioning in Fort Wayne. Detectives confiscated about 12 grams of marijuana and $795 in cash.

Bloomington police initially learned about the Oct. 30 incident while investigating a robbery and homicide that occurred in Bloominton on Saturday. Police obtained an arrest warrant for Belcher on Wednesday.

The release said the investigation continues into Mr. Belcher's possible involvement in other criminal activity. Detectives are not releasing any further information at this time.

The 6-5, 215-pound Belcher was once an All-Big Ten receiver at Indiana with NFL potential. He ranks second to former Elmhurst standout James Hardy in career receptions (189 to Hardy's 191) and is fourth in career receiving yards (1,939).

As a junior in 2010, Belcher totaled 78 catches for 832 yards and four touchdowns. It was one of the best receiving seasons in IU history. He considered leaving school early to enter the NFL draft, but was convinced by new coach Kevin Wilson to stay, improve his game and boost his draft potential.

But all that ended last season when Belcher was kicked off the team for drug-related issues. He finished with 25 catches for 286 yards and a touchdown. He was never drafted or picked up by a NFL team.