Former UNC football player faces gun charge in Kinston
Posted May 9, 2012
Kinston, N.C. — Former University of North Carolina football player Christopher Hawkins has been arrested in Kinston on charges of discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling.
Hawkins was arrested at 11:46 a.m. Wednesday by Kinston police and placed in the Lenoir County Jail under a $35,000 secured bond.
Hawkins, who played for the UNC football team from 2001-03, was disassociated from the program after it was found that he provided extra benefits to three players in 2010. Hawkins’ involvement with the program came into question during an NCAA investigation into the football program for multiple violations involving academic fraud and agent-player relationships.
Hawkins was arrested on April 23, 2009, on felony charges of trafficking cocaine and misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana.
His most recent arrest stems from a May 3, shooting at 2323 Briarfield Road in Kinston. According to a police report, members of the Kinston police department responded to a “shots fired” call at the address. Upon arrival, officers found the residence, which was occupied at the time of the shooting, had been struck by gunfire. Shell casings were also found at the residence. No one was injured during this incident and it remains under investigation.
A warrant for the arrest of another individual involved, Courtney Olds, is still out.
Police said Anthony Derell Reese, who was inside at the time of the shooting, attempted to chase the shooter. Reese ran a stop sign, struck another vehicle then fled the scene.
He was taken to Lenoir Memorial Hospital, and police found a 9 mm handgun near his wrecked car. Reese surrendered to police on Monday on charges of hit and run, misdemeanor possession of marijuana and discharging a firearm in the city. He too was being held in the Lenoir County Jail. His bond was set at $5,000.