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Two former East Hamilton football players arrested for armed robbery in Chattanooga

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Two former standout high school football players were arrested Friday and charged with aggravated robbery.

Martez Durrah and Jeffery Coleman, both 19, were once teammates at East Hamilton High School. 

Durrah had signed to play safety at MTSU after graduating from East Hamilton last year. Lee McDade with Hamilton County schools says neither man was currently enrolled at the school.

An MTSU athletics spokesperson said Durrah had signed to play with the team but that he didn't qualify to play this past fall because he failed to meet academic standards. The spokesperson said Durrah was considering walking on in the fall but that he never played a down for the Blue Raiders. 

Chattanooga Police say the pair knocked on the door of an acquaintance and his roommate last Thursday at their home in East Brainerd. The victim told police that Durrah put a gun to his head and demanded all their money before leaving the house.

The victims identified Coleman and Durrah as the suspects during a photo lineup. Coleman then admitted to police that he took part in the robbery and identified Durrah as the other suspect, according to the arrest affidavit. 

The two men were arrested later that Thursday night, just one day before Coleman was scheduled to graduate high school. Coleman remains in jail on a $100,000 bond but Durrah has since bonded out on that same amount.

East Hamilton High School Head Football Coach Ted Gatewood said he's "extremely disappointed in the decision and choices they made." 

Both men are due in Hamilton County General Sessions Court on Friday, May 27.

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