Michigan wrestlers accused of Molotov cocktail possession suspended indefinitely
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The two University of Michigan students accused of possessing Molotov cocktails on the night of the Michigan men’s basketball team’s national championship loss to Louisville are members of the wrestling team and have been indefinitely suspended.
Wrestlers Justin Dozier and Rosario Bruno, both 20, have been charged with two counts each of possessing/manufacturing explosives, a four-year felony, and were both arraigned on Wednesday in the 15th District Court. According to an athletic department spokesperson, head coach Joe McFarland was made aware of the case on Thursday night and the athletic department was informed on Friday morning.
“I can tell you that the coach was made aware of it last night and we were made aware of it today and that the two individuals have been indefinitely suspended,” said Michigan associate athletic director Dave Ablauf. “They have been indefinitely suspended from the team which means they are suspended from all team activities.”
Ablauf would not comment on whether the two are on scholarship or their status as students. He said the athletic department does not have a set protocol on athletes facing criminal charges.
“We take every incident on a case-by-case basis,” Abaluf said.
Courtesy of the Washtenaw County Jail
Courtesy of Washtenaw County Jail
Ann Arbor police linked the two men to up to four Molotov cocktails in the 1100 block of White Street, where officers were called in the early morning hours of April 9 for a mattress fire, said Lt. Robert Pfannes.
Pfannes said the mattress fire was extinguished when police arrived, but officers who arrived on the scene that morning located a bottle with some sort of flammable liquid in it, popularly known as a Molotov cocktail. The subsequent investigation linked the two men to "up to four" of them, Pfannes said.
-- Crimes and courts reporter John Counts contributed to this report.