USC tight end Junior Pomee is facing felony charges of burglary, grand theft and possession of stolen goods after being arrested last week near the campus on suspicion of receiving stolen property, officials said Wednesday.
Pomee, 21, was arrested on suspicion of possessing stolen goods by officers with USC’s Department of Public Safety on Jan. 29 at 2:45 a.m. near 642 28th St., Los Angeles Police Sgt. Rudy Lopez said.
Two days later, Pomee was charged with five felony counts, including burglary, grand theft and three counts of receiving stolen goods including an iPad, an iPad Mini and iPhone 5, court records show. Pomee pleaded not guilty Jan. 31 and will appear in court again Feb. 15, said Jane Robison, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. He is free on $110,000 bail.
A post on USC’s daily incident report for Jan. 29 at 2:09 a.m. includes an entry that an unnamed student was arrested at a location listed as Phi Kappa Psi. USC’s telephone directory lists the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity at 642 W. 28th St. The incident is described as “Theft-Grand” and “receiving Stolen Property.”
“DPS officers responded to an intoxicated student who passed out in an alley behind the location,” the entry said. “The student became combative when contacted by the officers and had to be physically subdued. The officers found the student in possession of a tablet computer and other property that did not belong to him and they subsequently determined that the items had been stolen.
“The student was then arrested and transported to [the LAPD’s Southwest Division] station for booking.”
[Updated: Feb. 6, 6 p.m.: USC Coach Lane Kiffin said he was aware of the situation and that Pomee had been removed "from all team activities until we get all the information."] Pomee could not be reached for comment.
Pomee, 6 feet 3 and 250 pounds, is a second-year student redshirted as a football player as a freshman. Last season, he played in every game but did not catch a pass.
Pomee attended Moreno Valley Rancho Verde High.