Police: Kutztown Football Pair Charged in Home-Invasion Robberies

Manuel Gamiz, The Morning Call, March 28, 2013

In Shahaid Smith’s highlight-reel play from last season, Kutztown University’s shifty slot receiver broke at least six tackles against East Stroudsburg, zigzagging down the center of the field on his way to a 29-yard touchdown.

Smith’s elusive moves, however, couldn’t help him get away from university police.

Smith, the team’s second-leading receiver last year, was charged Thursday in a dorm-invasion robbery in which one of the victims was pistol-whipped, police said. A victim told police that Smith called him after the March 8 robbery, explaining that the robbery was unintentional, according to court records.

Police are still looking for two accomplices.

Smith wasn’t the only Kutztown student trading in a football jersey for a prison jumpsuit Thursday.

Kali Smith, a starting defensive back for the Golden Bears, also was picked up on campus and charged in an unrelated home-invasion robbery of off-campus students last year. In that robbery, Kali Smith, who had a gun, and three others stole electronics and marijuana from an apartment in the borough, police say.

Shahaid Smith and Kali Smith

Shahaid Smith and Kali Smith

Both Smiths are sophomores and have been placed on interim suspension by the university, spokesman Matt Santos said, adding he didn’t know if the two are related.

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