College students arrested for allegedly robbing drug dealer
Two men were arrested Saturday evening, March 17, by Washington County sheriff's deputies after a reported disturbance in Cornelius.
Christopher Goosby, 18, and Jeremy McGoldrick, 19, were arrested in a dormitory room on the campus of Pacific University in Forest Grove. Both are football players for Pacific, according to the university's website.
Both men face charges of second-degree robbery, harassment and riot, the Sheriff's Office stated.
Deputies reportedly responded to a reported disturbance just after 5 p.m. Saturday in the 2800 block of North Davis Court, then were called back to the scene about 45 minutes later on a report of a fight involving 15 people in the street.
Goosby and McGoldrick allegedly tried to buy marijuana from an 18-year-old man in the 2800 block of North Davis Court. For unknown reasons, they then attacked the man, according to the Sheriff's Office.
The Sheriff's Office said Goosby and McGoldrick apparently returned to the location with additional members of the Pacific football team, who were not identified Saturday, and Goosby again attacked the 18-year-old man.
"McGoldrick and he threatened to return a third time with more men," the Sheriff's Office stated.
Deputies responding to the scene for both reports arrived too late to make any arrests. However, with the assistance of Forest Grove police and Pacific University security, deputies located Goosby and McGoldrick in their dormitory on campus and arrested them later that same evening.
Detective Mark Povolny said investigators are still working to determine who else was involved, how many additional suspects there may be and whether they will face any charges as well.
"That's still part of the ongoing case to figure out who those people were," said Povolny, adding that there were "at least four football players during the second visit, and it could have been more — we're still investigating that."
No one was injured seriously enough for the Sheriff's Office to recommend assault charges for the suspects, according to Povolny.
Povolny declined to comment on any potential charges facing the alleged victim. The unlicensed sale of marijuana is illegal in Oregon, and state law sets the legal age for its possession and consumption at 21 years old.
Both Goosby and McGoldrick were booked into the Washington County Jail. Bail for each was set at $262,500.
Neither of the suspects arrested Saturday evening is from the Forest Grove area. Goosby is from Los Angeles and McGoldrick is from Kaneohe, Hawaii, according to the Pacific athletics website.
Pacific University released a statement late Sunday morning about the arrest.
"We are very disappointed to learn of the incident yesterday involving two or more of our students. The alleged crimes do not reflect the values of Pacific University, and we will continue to fully cooperate with law enforcement agencies through the entirety of their investigations into this matter," the statement reads. "Additionally, we are reviewing the incident in accordance with our Student Code of Conduct, and will determine appropriate actions and next steps."
Editor's note: This story has been updated to include a statement from Pacific University, as well as additional details on the alleged victim.
By Mark Miller
Editor, Forest Grove News-Times
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