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UCLA cornerback arrested for allegedly stealing from Uber driver

Police arrested UCLA cornerback Ishmael Adams for allegedly robbing an Uber driver outside of UCPD headquarters on campus early Sunday. (Daily Bruin file photo)

By Roberto Luna Jr.

Aug. 31, 2015 1:32 p.m.

This post was updated on Sept. 1 at 11:16 a.m.

Police arrested UCLA cornerback Ishmael Adams for allegedly stealing an Uber driver’s cell phone outside of UCPD headquarters on campus early Sunday.

Adams, a redshirt junior on the UCLA football team, was arrested about 3:30 a.m. near the Facilities Management building in central campus about a block away from the reported robbery, according to police logs. He was released from the Inmate Reception Center downtown on $100,000 bail early Tuesday morning, according to Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department records.

Adams was arrested about 12 minutes after the driver called police and reported the robbery. The driver also reported apparent minor injuries, police said.

“We are aware of the situation and continuing to gather more information,” UCLA officials said in a statement Monday. “As this is a pending legal matter, we will have no further comment at this time.”

Prosecutors have not yet filed charges, according to Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department records.

No further information was immediately available. The case is still under investigation.

Adams has started all 26 games over the past two seasons and was expected to once again start at cornerback for the Bruin defense. The junior set a school record last season by returning two interceptions for touchdowns. In addition to his duties in the secondary, Adams has acted as one of UCLA’s primary kick returners since the 2013 season.

After a career season in his sophomore year, Adams was recently named to the Jim Thorpe Award Watch List, one of the most prestigious college football awards recognizing the nation’s top defensive backs.

No. 13 UCLA will play Virginia for its first game of the season on Sept. 5.

Adams is expected to be arraigned Tuesday in court, but a time and location have not yet been set.

Compiled by Roberto Luna Jr., Claire Fahy and Tanner Walters, Bruin senior staff.

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Roberto Luna Jr. | News senior staff
Roberto Luna Jr. is currently a senior staffer covering Westwood, crime and transportation. He was previously an assistant News editor from 2015-2016 and a News contributor from 2014-2015.
Roberto Luna Jr. is currently a senior staffer covering Westwood, crime and transportation. He was previously an assistant News editor from 2015-2016 and a News contributor from 2014-2015.
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