Ex-UW player charged after armed robbery

Staff writerJanuary 25, 2013 

A former University of Washington football player was charged Thursday in the holdup of a woman who was robbed of her purse and wallet by a man who held a gun to her face Monday night on campus.

Zach Fogerson, 20, was charged with first-degree robbery. His arraignment is scheduled for Feb. 6. He is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.

UW police were called to the Quad area of campus regarding an armed robbery about 10:35 p.m. The victim told officers a man pointed a handgun at her and took her purse and wallet.

An officer responding to the call spotted a black car with tinted windows and no headlights on while on the way to the area. Suspicious of the car, the officer pulled the vehicle over and asked the driver, later identified as Fogerson, to climb out.

The officer said he found a purse and wallet in the back seat. Officers also found a BB gun, a revolver and a baseball bat in the car. The victim and a witness later identified Fogerson as the robber.

He told police he’d parked his car near Suzzallo Library about 9:30 p.m. He said he’d gone for a run to loosen his legs and bumped into an old friend, who he let use the car to go to a fast-food restaurant.

He said the handgun found on the floorboard belonged to another friend. Forgerson said he did not know how the wallet and purse got into his car.

He was arrested and booked to King County Jail.

Fogerson was a little-used fullback who left the team in July 2011 after coach Steve Sarkisian said he continued to have issues from a concussion he suffered in the spring.

His older brother, Johri, a running back, left the Washington football program before the 2012 season. In March 2011, Johri Fogerson was booked into Snohomish County Jail for investigation of resisting arrest and possessing a small amount of marijuana. Johri Fogerson had run from officers after being pulled over, police said.

Johri Fogerson played three games last season for Central Washington before being dismissed from the team after being charged with third-degree assault in connection with an incident in July 2012. The Fogersons are graduates of Seattle’s O’Dea High School.


No charges will be brought against two Texas Longhorns investigated after a reported sexual assault at a San Antonio hotel before the Alamo Bowl.

Charges will not be filed against quarterback Case McCoy and linebacker Jordan Hicks and police said the investigation is closed.

Coach Mack Brown suspended McCoy and Hicks the day before the Dec. 29 Alamo Bowl. A 21-year-old woman told police she was drinking alcohol and was assaulted after inviting two men to her room.


Florida State offensive coordinator James Coley is leaving his alma mater for the same job at archrival Miami. Coley, 39, is the sixth Seminoles assistant to leave Jimbo Fisher’s staff since the end of the season. … Texas A&M hired West Virginia quarterbacks coach Jake Spavital as co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach and UTEP special teams and tight end coach Jeff Banks for the same role. Banks was a punter for Washington State in 1996-97. … New Mexico State named offensive coordinator Doug Martin as interim coach after DeWayne Walker left to coach defensive backs for the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars. Martin was Kent State’s coach from 2004-10.

McClatchy news services contributed to this report.

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