Wake For­est hope­ful ar­rested

The Covington News - - Crime & Courts -

LAWRENCEVILLE — A prep bas­ket­ball star who signed to play at Wake For­est next sea­son was charged with ag­gra­vated as­sault and tres­pass­ing.

Al-Farouq Aminu, a 6-foot-8 se­nior at Nor­cross High School, turned him­self in Fri­day af­ter be­ing ac­cused of shoot­ing a fe­male with a BB gun from a ve­hi­cle on March 14, Gwin­nett County sher­iff’s spokes­woman Stacey Bour­bon­nais said.

He was re­leased on $3,500 bond early Satur­day.

Bour­bon­nais said she did not know the ex­tent of the vic­tim’s in­juries and had no other de­tails about the in­ci­dent.

The 17-year-old Aminu was named “Mr. Bas­ket­ball” on Fri­day by the Ge­or­gia Sportswrit­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, honor­ing him as the top male player in the state. He led his team to a third straight state ti­tle this sea­son, av­er­ag­ing 23.1 points.

“We are in the process of gath­er­ing all of the in­for­ma­tion on this in­ci­dent and it would not be fair to make any state­ment or judg­ment un­til we col­lect all of the facts,” Wake For­est coach Dino Gau­dio said in a state­ment.

The ag­gra­vated as­sault charge is a felony, while tres­pass­ing is a mis­de­meanor.

One of Aminu’s team­mates ex­pressed sur­prise at the charges.

“He is not that type of kid. I can’t see Al-Farouq like that,” said Nor­cross’ start­ing point guard, Taariq Muham­mad. “He was prob­a­bly in the wrong place at the wrong time. This could serve as a les­son for other kids.”

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