UMass wide receiver Jalen Williams arrested

Last modified: Saturday, October 10, 2015
AMHERST — UMass senior wide receiver Jalen Williams was arrested early Sunday morning in Amherst after allegedly breaking into a car.

UMass athletic department spokesman Molly O’Mara said the school had no official comment.

“We’re aware and reviewing internally,” she said. “We won’t be commenting further.”

Williams could not be reached for comment. Williams spoke to WWLP (Ch. 22) in Springfield and said “that he didn’t steal anything and was stopped because he fit the description of a suspect Amherst Police were looking for.”

According to the police report: “Ruben Encarnacion, 21, of Milford, and Jalen Williams, 21, of Puffton Village, Apartment 209, were arrested at 1:31 a.m. Sunday at Puffton Village on charges of breaking and entering during the nighttime to commit a felony and larceny over $250. Police said they allegedly broke into a vehicle at the 1040 North Pleasant St. complex. The incident remains under investigation as police search for additional suspects.”

Encarnacion is not affiliated with the athletic department.

Williams, who has a pre-trial hearing on Oct. 28, told WWLP that he’s been suspended from the football team. UMass didn’t confirm or deny whether the arrest had affected his status with the team.

In addition to legal proceedings, Williams could face a hearing with the school’s student judiciary board, which could levy punishment against him independent of what the court decides. Minuteman linebacker Da’Sean Downey was suspended by a similar board for all of spring practice after an off campus altercation in February.

Williams, a starter last year, hasn’t played in either game this year because of a leg injury. He wasn’t at practice Tuesday and could be physically incapable of playing for some time.

“He has a really bad quad,” UMass coach Mark Whipple said. “He tried to run (last week) and it just popped.”

Williams, an Atlanta native, played at Dean Junior College before joining UMass last year. He caught 20 passes for 307 yards and four touchdowns in 2014.

Matt Vautour can be reached at mvautour@gazettenet.com.