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O. J. Simpson Arrested on Armed Robbery Charges
by Mary E. Coe   
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Last edited: Sunday, February 03, 2008
Posted: Monday, September 17, 2007

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O. J. Simpson was arrested and booked at a Las Vegas county jail on hotel armed robbery charges. Mr. Simpson is being held without bail.



On Sunday, September 16, 2007, O. J. Simpson was arrested and booked at a county jail in Las Vegas. Simpson was booked on charges which the Las Vegas police call a Hotel Armed Robbery. Simpson ordered held without bail.

Simpson received a phone call from Thomas Riccio, several weeks ago; telling him that collectors were selling items stolen from Simpson.
Riccio gave Simpson information about the name of the hotel and the room where the items could be found. Riccio then, set up a meeting with the collectors, under false pretense, that he had a private collector interested in buying Simpson’s items. Riccio went on to warn the site that he believed Simpson was planning on showing up to confront Beardsley, who was allegedly going to auction off Simpson’s items.

Among the items that O. J’ Simpson said was stolen from him included: a video from his first wedding; Hall of Fame Certificate; and autographed sports collectibles. Simpson said he was only reclaiming what was stolen from him.

O. J. Simpson 60, told Associated Press that he did not call the police to help him get back his items because the police was unresponsive to him ever since the 1944 slaying of his ex-wife and her friend. O. J. Simpson was found innocent of both murder charges by a jury of twelve, in a court of law.

O. J. Simpson and five other men entered the hotel room. Witnesses said two men had guns; however, Simpson did no carry a gun or any weapon. Las Vegas police did not allege that Simpson was armed with any weapon.

An audiotape was released, revealing a voice that appeared to be the voice of O. J. Simpson; saying things like “don’t let nobody out this room, think you can steal my (expletive) stuff and sell it?

The recording was on a hand held recorder, said to belong to Thomas Riccio, co-owner of the auction house and the man who called O. J. and told him that his stolen items were going to be sold by certain collectors. What was on Riccio’s mind when he set this up is beyond me. Seems like a crazy and dangerous thing to do.

Beardsley believes that Riccio and Mike Gilbert, O. J. Simpson’s former agent, is at fault. Gilbert allegedly stole the items from Simpson. Riccio set up the pretense auction and warned Simpson that his stolen items would be sold at the auction.

O. J. Simpson faces seven felony charges which can get him up to 30 years on each count, if convicted. It’s a possibility that he could be facing more charges.

One other man was arrested in connection with the armed robbery; he was released on bail. This was one of the two men, who witnesses said was armed with a gun.

Las Vegas police are still searching for four other men connected with the alleged hotel armed robbery.

      

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