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Virginia Tech's Joshua Trimble, Brian Rody Arrested After Explosive Detonated

Brian Rody. Courtesy of Blacksburg Police Department (h/t Roanoke Times)
Brian Rody. Courtesy of Blacksburg Police Department (h/t Roanoke Times)
Adam WellsFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 12, 2017

Virginia Tech football players Joshua Trimble and Brian Rody were arrested on Sunday night after an explosive device was set off, according to a report by Melissa Powell and Andy Bitter of the Roanoke Times:

Walk-ons Joshua Trimble, 20, and Brian Rody, 19, were charged with manufacturing and detonating an explosive device.

Police responded to the 1600 block of Patrick Henry Drive at 8:30 p.m. Sunday in reference to a report of an explosion near an occupied apartment, Blacksburg Lt. Steve Taylor said.

The report also says that no one was injured. Lieutenant Taylor was unable to comment on what the device was that went off or why it went off. 

Norm Wood of the Daily Press reported that Trimble and Rody were charged with felonies and "are automatically and indefinitely suspended from all athletic activities at Tech until the charges are resolved or dropped."

The Associated Press reported that Rody and Trimble have, in fact, been suspended from the team for their role in the incident. 

Tech spokesman Bryan Johnston says that under university policy, players facing felony charges are suspended until charges are resolved.

Trimble, a freshman linebacker, played in 11 games for Virginia Tech this season. He was primarily used on special teams, recording 13 tackles for the Hokies. 

Rody is in his second season with Virginia Tech. He has not played in a game with the team, but Powell and Bitter's article says he has spent time working with the scout team this season. 

Trimble and Rody are currently scheduled to have a preliminary hearing on Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. ET, per the Times report. Both were released from custody on Monday morning after posting $2,500 bonds.

Virginia Tech finished the regular season with a very disappointing 6-6 (4-4 in the ACC) record. The Hokies will play Rutgers in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Dec. 28. 

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