Mugshots, clockwise starting from the upper left: Akebren Ralls, Jai’len Edwards, Justin Mosley and Issiah Hightower.
Photo: Cobb and Fulton county jails
Photo: Cobb and Fulton county jails

2 ex-KSU football players, 2 others indicted in campus gambling robbery

A Cobb County grand jury has formally charged four men with running a gambling operation on the Kennesaw State campus and robbing some participants at gunpoint.

Akebren Ralls, Jai’len Edwards, Justin Mosley and Issiah Hightower were indicted Thursday, court records show, on charges including armed robbery, aggravated assault, carrying weapons on schools property, gambling and keeping a place of gambling.


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Ralls and Edwards were football players at the time of their arrests and were kicked off the team. Mosley and Hightower are not affiliated with the school, a school spokeswoman previously said.

The investigation stems from an April 13 incident that allegedly happened where Ralls lived in the Austin Residential Complex on the south side of campus.

As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has reported, warrants indicate that five victims came over to bet on who would win in a match of NBA 2K18, a basketball video game.

The pot for these games totaled thousands of dollars throughout the night, cops wrote.

Edwards let Hightower and Mosley, carrying Draco .233 caliber pistols, into the apartment sometime between 4 and 5:30 a.m.

The two men ordered the five victims to the ground and demanded their clothes and money, according to warrants.


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Witnesses told police Edwards acted as a lookout for Hightower and Mosley, the AJC previously reported. The three took $3,700, an iPhone 7 plus and a wallet containing someone’s Social Security card, according to the warrants. 

According to a police report, Ralls had been asleep in the apartment until he heard commotion.

At some point during that commotion, one of the gunmen fired a round. According to police, the bullet traveled through the ceiling and went into the attic, where the bullet lodged itself in a wooden support beam. The damage was estimated at $2,000.

Warrants indicated that the cops were able to find Hightower and Mosley after a ping on Hightower’s cell phone led them to his Atlanta apartment.

Upcoming court dates were not available online for the men.


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