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SALT LAKE CITY — A key player with the University of Utah football team has been arrested for investigation of aggravated robbery after police say he robbed a man at knife point.
Dominique Taishun Hatfield, 20, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail Wednesday, according to jail records.
Unified Police Chief Deputy Justin Hoyal said about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Hatfield met another man at a car wash, 655 W. 3900 South. The victim responded to an online classified ad and thought he was going to buy an X-Box, Hoyal said.
Hatfield identified himself in the ad as David Wilkins, according to a Salt Lake County Jail report.
"When the victim and suspect met the suspect produced a knife and demanded the victim’s money. The victim complied and gave the suspect cash. The suspect then fled on foot," according to police.
Hatfield ran off with about $180 to the nearby Mountain Shadow Apartments, according to the jail report.
A short time later, the victim arranged for his wife to call Hatfield back and inquiry about buying a phone he was also selling, the report stated. They arranged to meet at the same place her husband was robbed, only this time Unified police officers were also there waiting. They watched as Hatfield walked from the apartment complex to the car wash, the jail report stated.
"UPD was present and when the suspect arrived he was taken into custody without incident. The victim positively identified Dominique Hatfield as the suspect who had robbed him earlier," Hoyal said.
A spokeswoman with the University of Utah Athletic Department said all of the coaches were out of town Wednesday and she only knew what was being reported by the media. However, in matters like this she said the school typically will let the legal system run its course, and the U. may have more to say once head coach Kyle Whittingham returns from vacation.
Some of Hatfield's teammates reacted on social media Wednesday as word of his arrest spread.
We all had mistakes in our past time & did things we weren't posed to be doing in someone else's eyes. Live & learn, Never judge. — Kenneth Goobie Scott (@Kscott_2) July 1, 2015
Hatfield is a junior from California who switched from receiver to cornerback last season. After an impressive showing during spring camp he was expected to be a starter.
Last season he started 10 games and earned 38 tackles. He had an interception and nine pass break-ups. One of the highlights for him last season was a 20-yard interception return for a touchdown that secured Utah’s win over Colorado. He had a season-high seven tackles against Washington State.
Contributing:Amy Donaldson, Sandra Yi