Updated: ETSU announces 2 more arrests in campus armed robbery

Sam Watson • Apr 11, 2014 at 5:03 PM

More arrests have been made in the armed robbery incident at East Tennessee State University that was reported Tuesday near campus residence halls.

ETSU student Isiaha Devon Milligan, 20, has been charged with robbery. According to an affidavit of complaint, information obtained during the investigation indicated Milligan was one of two robbers involved in the incident near Davis Apartments and Centennial Hall. The search for a second robber was continuing.

Shannon Dapri Ontae Cooley, 19, was charged with facilitation of armed robbery, possession of schedule VI drugs for resale and possession of drug paraphernalia. ETSU said investigators believe that Cooley, who also is a student at ETSU, was not present at the scene when the robbery took place.

In an affidavit of complaint filed against Milligan, campus police said interviews conducted in the investigation pointed to Milligan as one of the two robbers in the case. The victim then identified Milligan from a photo lineup. Milligan lives in the Buccaneer Ridge campus apartment complex.

In an affidavit of complaint filed against Cooley, campus police said Cooley admitted to sending text messages arranging a drug transaction that ended in the robbery. Cooley gave police permission to search his cell phone and his campus dorm room, where police found 14 bags of marijuana and scales.

Both Milligan and Cooley were arrested on Thursday and will also undergo campus disciplinary procedures. Their arrests followed that of James Q. Wolfe, 18, Limestone, who was charged the same day with filing a false police report and conspiracy to distribute schedule VI drugs.

Wolfe initially told campus police he and a woman had been walking near a campus gazebo between the residence halls when one of the men asked him for money before both pulled out guns and stole his wallet. He later admitted, however, that the robbery stemmed from a drug transaction. When he came clean about the incident, he said he lied about how the robbery happened because his driver’s license and Social Security card were stolen during the incident, a court document filed by ETSU Detective Jennifer Mayberry said.

When he got there, “they pulled handguns on him and took his money, the marijuana and his wallet and its contents. Mr. Wolfe advised he only reported the incident because they had taken his driver’s license and Social Security card and he was afraid they would steal his identity.”

To corroborate his story, Wolfe showed text messages to Mayberry that “contained questions and answers consistent with a drug buy and delivery and a final meeting place of the gazebo behind Davis Apartments.”

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