Tallahassee — Former South Lake High School cornerback Nick Waisome of Groveland, now playing for Florida State University, cornered a thief who burglarized his Tallahassee apartment and later helped catch the man’s accomplice, media outlets are reporting.
Waisome, 21, returned to his apartment and encountered two burglars, CBS Sports, Fox Sports Florida and WCTV in Tallahassee recently reported. Waisome, who be came a starting cornerback for the Seminoles last year, got into an altercation with one of the suspects, Mario Crawford, 23, and knocked him to the ground.
Media reports say Waisome then chased down the second suspect, Tavares Rumph, 34, and blocked him from leaving the apartment complex in a gold Chevy Impala that was driven away from the scene. Tallahassee police officers arrested Rumph but Crawford slipped away.
“I figured they didn’t have a gun because if they did, they would’ve shot me,” Waisome told WCTV. “When they started running, I just decided I wanted to get one person at least.”
Waisome was at a nearby gas station a couple of weeks later and spotted the Impala, media reports say. He also spotted Crawford wearing Waisome’s camouflage shorts that had been taken during the robbery.
He turned over the license plate information to Tallahassee police, who linked the Impala to Crawford’s girlfriend, authorities said. Crawford, on probation for burglary, was soon arrested. Both he and Rumph face multiple charges.
The suspects allegedly stole two guns and about $5,000 in computers, TVs and electronic equipment from the apartment, some of which Waisome has yet to get back.
“It’s often you’re going to get robberies, so I mean you just have to live and learn,” he told WCTV.
Waisome, who graduated from SLHS in 2011 and played on special teams at FSU as a true freshman, had 14 starts as a sophomore last year, made 21 tackles and had a key interception against Clemson. He is eyed as a starter this year, according to the university.