By JOEL COLEMAN
For the third time in under a month, now-former Mississippi State defensive back John Michael Hankerson has been arrested.
Hankerson was arrested on Wednesday by U.S. Marshals in Horn Lake in connection to a December 17th incident at Campus Trails apartments in Starkville. According to the Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Office, Hankerson and two unidentified black males are accused of entering an apartment at Campus Trails, pistol whipping the occupants and taking items from the dwelling.
Hankerson is now being held at the OCSO on felony charges including five counts of armed robbery, three counts of aggravated assault and two counts of kidnapping. Hankerson’s bond has been set at $420,000.
The OCSO encourages anyone with information on the incident to contact the department as they seek to identify the other two suspects in the case.
A Mississippi State football spokesman confirmed to the Starkville Daily News on Wednesday that Hankerson is no longer a part of the football program and he is no longer even enrolled at MSU.
The 18-year-old Hankerson was already suspended indefinitely from the football team following his first encounter with law enforcement back on Nov. 30. On that day, Hankerson was arrested on simple assault and trespassing charges.
A week later, Hankerson was arrested yet again and charged with false pretense.
Hankerson never saw the field for MSU as he redshirted this year in what was his true freshman season. He was a part of MSU’s signing class last February and was rated a three-star wide receiver out of Washington High School in South Bend, Indiana, by 247Sports.
Hankerson grew up in Southaven prior to moving to South Bend to complete his prep football career. His father, Reggy Hankerson, ran track at MSU and is the head track and field coach at Coahoma Community College.