Two young men, including former Long Beach Polytechnic High School and would-be University of Oregon wide receiver Jalen Hall, were scheduled to be arraigned Friday on charges of carrying out an armed home-invasion robbery in Norwalk.
Hall, 19, and Millard Lefenus Hill, 18, are each charged with three counts of home-invasion robbery, two counts of kidnapping to commit robbery and one count of first-degree burglary. Hill is also charged with leading sheriff’s deputies on a chase following the break-in.
The criminal complaint alleges that Hall was armed with a semiautomatic handgun during the home invasion.
The pair face up to life in prison if convicted as charged, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
According to prosecutors and sheriff’s officials, Hall and Hill carried out the home-invasion robbery around 1:10 p.m. Sept. 10 in the 11800 block of 160th Street. Three people were inside the home at the time, and they were threatened and moved around the home while the thieves grabbed jewelry and other valuables, authorities said.
Deputies spotted the pair after the break-in, leading to a short pursuit, but both were apprehended a short time later.
Sheriff’s officials said one of the robbery victims, who was not injured, identified property found in the car as being taken during the robbery.
Hall was a star receiver at Long Beach Poly and was considered a top-10 wide receiver recruit. He signed with the University of Oregon earlier this year, but head coach Mario Cristobal told reporters he attended only one spring practice before leaving for “personal reasons,” and he never returned. He was released by the team following his arrest.
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