Frank Clark, facing home invasion charge, is 2nd Michigan football player suspended
Melanie Maxwell | AnnArbor.com
Just hours after announcing starting tailback Fitz Toussaint is indefinitely suspended following a drunken-driving arrest, the Wolverines revealed Monday that defensive end Frank Clark also has been suspended.
Clark is facing a charge of second-degree home invasion, a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 15 years or a fine of not more than $3,000 -- or both. He is accused of stealing a MacBook Air from Stockwell Hall on June 14 -- his 19th birthday -- and is scheduled for a preliminary examination in Washtenaw County's 14A District Court Aug. 2.
"We are aware of the case regarding football student-athlete Frank Clark," coach Brady Hoke said in a statement. "This is a serious accusation and we will follow the lead of the judicial system.
"Frank was and will continue to be suspended pending the outcome of the investigation."
Clark is battling sophomore Brennen Beyer for the starting spot at weak-side defensive end, after senior Craig Roh moved from the weak- to strong-side.
His status for the blockbuster season opener against defending national champ Alabama, like Toussaint's, is uncertain.
Clark didn't play much early as a freshman last year, but became a regular part of the rotation by the end of the season. He played well when thrust into action in the Sugar Bowl, including coming up with an athletic interception that led to one of Michigan's two touchdowns.
Courtesy of the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office
University police responded to a complaint from a 19-year-old resident of Stockwell Hall, located at 324 South Observatory St., that a laptop had been stolen from his room between 10:50 a.m. and 5:40 p.m. on June 14, said Diane Brown, spokeswoman for U-M Department of Public Safety. Clark is also a resident at Stockwell Hall.
"The resident reported that when he came back to his room, the door was propped open in a different way than he had left it, and his laptop was missing," Brown said.
The computer's estimated value is $1,800, according to officials.
A police investigation, assisted by computer experts, tracked the computer to Clark, who was arrested June 19 and arraigned on one charge of second-degree home invasion the next day.
His preliminary examination has been postponed twice. If probable cause is found at the exam, the felony case will be bound over to the Washtenaw County Trial Court.
Clark remains free on a $15,000 personal recognizance bond.
AnnArbor.com reporter John Counts contributed to this report.