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Former Cowboys running back Joseph Randle arrested at Kansas Star Casino

Sumner County Sheriff’s Capt. Mike Westmoreland said Joseph Randle was booked into the Sumner County Detention Center in Wellington at 12:15 a.m. Wednesday on suspicion of criminal threat, assault on a law enforcement officer, battery, disorderly conduct, criminal trespass and interference with a law enforcement officer.
Sumner County Sheriff’s Capt. Mike Westmoreland said Joseph Randle was booked into the Sumner County Detention Center in Wellington at 12:15 a.m. Wednesday on suspicion of criminal threat, assault on a law enforcement officer, battery, disorderly conduct, criminal trespass and interference with a law enforcement officer. Courtesy of Sumner County Sheriff’s office

Wichita native and former Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle was arrested at the Kansas Star Casino, authorities confirmed Wednesday.

Randle, who was released by the Cowboys earlier this month, has already been suspended by the NFL for four games for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.

Randle was at a blackjack table at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday when he became so belligerent that gaming table employees “ordered him removed,” said Fred Waller, public information officer for the Kansas Gaming and Racing Commission in Topeka.

“He was being disruptive and belligerent to the table games people,” Waller said of Randle. “It was enough they wanted him removed, which is their prerogative.”

As he was escorted from the gaming floor by orderlies, Randle began arguing with them, Waller said. When they reached the entry area, the altercation became physical.

Sumner County sheriff’s Capt. Mike Westmoreland said Randle was booked into the Sumner County Detention Center in Wellington at 12:15 a.m. Wednesday on suspicion of criminal threat, assault on a law enforcement officer, battery, disorderly conduct, criminal trespass and interference with a law enforcement officer.

He left the detention center on a $5,000 bond at 11:45 a.m., a sheriff’s office employee said Wednesday afternoon. He was originally being held on $25,000 bond, Westmoreland said.

Randle graduated from Wichita Southeast High before playing at Oklahoma State University. His NFL suspension is linked to his arrest on Feb. 3 at the WaterWalk Hotel, 711 S. Main in Wichita. Officers were sent to investigate the report of a man with a weapon.

The officers found no weapon, police officials have said, but did find a small amount of marijuana in a hotel room registered to Randle. He was arrested on suspicion of drug possession and given a notice to appear in Municipal Court.

The marijuana possession charge was later dropped.

No charges were filed against Randle in connection with the incident. Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett in late April said there was not sufficient evidence to prove the existence of a deadly weapon, despite a 911 caller saying he had a gun.

Randle pleaded guilty in July to misdemeanor theft and was given six months of probation for stealing $123 worth of cologne and underwear from a department store at a mall in Frisco, Texas, in October 2014.

Stan Finger: 316-268-6437, @StanFinger

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