MORGANTOWN, W.Va.– A senior offensive lineman for West Virginia University was arrested Sunday night Monongalia County. Russell Haughton-James, 22, was arrested on a single count of burglary by West Virginia State Police.
Troopers responded to a reported domestic violence situation at an apartment at Chateau Royale and the apartment door damaged. The victim, who told police she had been in a relationship with Haughton-James, said 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 collected 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.
Head coach Dana Holgorsen released this statement following Haughton-James’ arrest.
“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 punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Haughton-James was arraigned Monday with bail set at $5,000.
Haughton-James, of Plantation, Fla., has played in 26 career games with the Mountaineers. The 6-foot-5, 300 pound Haughton-James appeared in 12 games last season as a backup tackle and was used as an extra offensive lineman in power situations as well as seeing action on special teams.