Update: Former Football Star Arrested in Burglary

Jason Gwaltney, Long Island all-time rushing leader from North Babylon, nabbed by police Tuesday in Huntington burglary.

Update, 5:10 p.m.: Judge G. Ann Spelman ordered Jason Gwaltney held on $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond at his arraignment Wednesday at First District Court in Central Islip, Newsday reported. Gwaltney pleaded not guilty. 

One of the greatest high school athletes in Long Island sports history continued his dramatic fall from grace Tuesday after he was arrested in connection with a Huntington burglary.

Jason Gwaltney, 25, a North Babylon graduate and former West Virginia University running back, was charged along with four others with first-degree burglary, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, Suffolk County Police said.

The highly-recruited Gwaltney turned down USC for the Mountaineers and played just six games due to injuries, character issues and eligibility concerns. He transferred to Nassau Community College, then Division II C.W. Post before finally landing at D-III Kean.

He’s been tabbed as one of the college football recruiting busts of the decade. Now he’s simply busted.

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Three armed men entered a home on Leigh Street early Tuesday morning, police allege, entering through an unlocked door at approximately 1:20 a.m. The intruders threatened five residents and demanded cash.

Two others remained outside, waiting in a 2001 Lincoln and acting as lookouts while the burglary look place, police said. 

The five men fled in the car before being stopped by police on Deer Park Avenue in Dix Hills.

Gwaltney’s 7,800 rushing yards and 135 touchdowns – 58 more than the next running back – are tops in Long Island history. He starred at North Babylon from 2001-04, where he was a three-time All-Long Island selection and two-time Suffolk player of the year.  

His performance in the Long Island Class II championship game as a senior was one of the most dominant ever. The Bulldogs beat Garden City, 43-14, as Gwaltney scored five times and had an interception, sack and forced fumble on defense.

Also arrested with Gwaltney, who is currently living in Brentwood: Jaquese Jones, 18, of Bay Shore; Nouvelle Lucas, 17, of Wyandanch; Demetrius Edwards, 19, of Wyandanch; and Tahjiea Carpenter, 17, of Huntington.

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Kat W January 24, 2013 at 11:28 AM
I think the issue is (at least on Long Island, I'm from Bellport) they put these kids on this high pedestal. They can do no wrong in High School. They are not equipped for the real world. They are not equipped to survive. They are at a grave disadvantage. Sorry I'm coming of an overnight shift... my grammer is horrible! I do know how to speak and write!!
babydee January 25, 2013 at 12:47 PM
You people all sound like fools! Smh KIDS being greedy, wanting drugs from DRUG DEALERS! thats the problem. No one knows the whole story. I know the fools who left their door open didnt tell the police the pounds of weed they had in the house.
Peter January 26, 2013 at 01:37 AM
Babydee, these are not KIDS they are young men. They should have jobs. They should be earning an honest paycheck. They should not be driving around at 1:30 in the morning with handguns. If this is a case of dirtbags stealing from dirtbags so what, it does not make it ok. Tomorrow when they want/need drug money they will be sticking a gun in an innocent persons face. These 5 guys are nothing but trouble.
Justin Tellinghuisen February 22, 2013 at 08:20 PM
I actually lived with Mr. Gwaltney in Fargo, ND last year for a few months and I have a few things to say. This piece of news doesn't surprise me, Gwaltney has a knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Gwaltney is extremely talented, there is no doubt about it, however Gwaltney is lazy. He was trying to train for workouts but i viewed it as a very much so last ditch effort. Jason has had all the tools to succeed and as somebody who cares about him as a friend i wish him the absolute best.
real talk May 25, 2013 at 09:41 AM
As a person who knows this coward personally,he is a direct product of his father Richard "RED' Berry who was nothing more than a lowlife street punk with multiple convictions for drugs,assault,etc..this guy jason was given a direct ticket out of the hood and the unfortunate situation with his sorry a** father,unfortunately brute strength and the ability to excel at sports will not get you anywhere in this world..look at his brother scooter berry he took the same exact situation jason was in if you know the history they attended same schools and were fathered by the same man in the same enviroment with two totally different outcomes, because scooter berry in now currently in the canadian football league as a successful proffessional player after graduating from wvu....jason had his chance more than most young afro-american men his age will ever have ,now all jason will have is a nys prison i.d # and his place in the n.c.i.c database....


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