Karl Roberson, a former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter, has been accused of involvement in a robbery of jewelry and valuables valued at over $200,000 in New Jersey. Howell Township Police officials released a statement, which was confirmed to be true by Detective Ryan Jackson on Monday.
According to the press release, Roberson, 32, and another suspect, Dathan Thompson (32), were arrested in connection with the residential burglary that occurred after the suspects pried open a rear door and made their way to the master bedroom, where they stole the exotic items.
During the kidnap, the masked suspects were caught on home security surveillance. The homeowner offered a reward for information that could lead to their capture and conviction, and the suspects were apprehended after warrants were granted, with state-of-the-art technology being used to identify them.
Roberson, who was among the suspects, was apprehended in Neptune via a search warrant in connection with the robbery, during which a defaced handgun with an extended magazine, suspected crack cocaine, marijuana, and burglary-related items were discovered in his car.
Burglary, theft, criminal damage, possession of controlled dangerous substance, and numerous weapons offenses were among the charges that he faced. Thompson, who was detained at his residence, was also accused of burglary, theft, and criminal damage. If found guilty, robbery charges in New Jersey are considered second or third-degree offenses and could carry up to a ten-year jail term.
Roberson spent approximately five years with the UFC following his triumph over Ryan Spann in the Contender Series. His success in the UFC came to an end in July 2022 after suffering his fourth straight loss in the octagon, having amassed a record of 4-6.