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Robert Morris junior forward Bennett suspended after arrest

| Monday, March 9, 2015, 5:19 p.m.

Forward Stephan Bennett was suspended from the Robert Morris men's basketball team Monday after police charged him Sunday with aggravated assault, resisting arrest, failure to disperse, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.

Bennett, a 6-foot-9 junior from Lake Station, Ind., played in all 32 games this season and had started seven of the team's first eight. He averaged 4.3 points and 18.4 minutes.

Robert Morris faces St. Francis Brooklyn in the NEC Tournament championship Tuesday.

Bennett, 21, is free on bail to await a preliminary hearing scheduled March 18.

“Per team policy, Stephen Bennett has been suspended from the basketball team pending further investigation,” athletic department spokesman Jim Duzyk said. “We cannot comment further on matters pertaining to student discipline owing to our own policies and federal privacy laws.”

According to a criminal complaint:

Police were called at 1:43 a.m. Saturday for the report of a large fight inside Mario's South Side Saloon on East Carson Street.

Officers were escorting people out the back door in an effort to disperse the crowd including Bennett who they saw arguing with a man and saying he was going to fight him.

Bennett, who had bloodshot, glassy eyes and smelled of alcohol, calmly left the bar with an officer who told him to leave the area and go home. Another officer was in the process of arresting Carah Ellese Johnson, who is Bennett's girlfriend.

Bennett began yelling profanities at the officer who was arresting the woman and took an aggressive fighting stance toward the officer who had led him out of the tavern and lunged toward him, knocking the officer back several feet.

It took several officers to subdue Bennett who later told police he is 6 feet, 9 inches tall and over 220 pounds.

Johnson, also 21, of Stanton Heights, was charged with resisting arrest, failure to disperse, disorderly conduct and public intoxication. She is free on bail to await a preliminary hearing scheduled March 19.

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