Ex-Seattle Sonics player Robert Swift has been arrested for involvement in a home invasion and robbery near his home in Snohomish County, Washington.
The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office reports that Swift, 29, and Carlos Abraham Anderson, 28, were arrested on Tuesday and charged with breaking into a home wearing masks and attempting to commit an armed robbery.
“I believe there were a couple of people who called in, they saw masked subjects on the property, reported that at least one of them was armed with a weapon, one possibly with a baseball bat,” Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Shari Ireton said. “It appeared they were either trying to make an entry or knocking on the door.”
Police also report that the ex-player already had a warrant out for his arrest for skipping his November 26 court date on previous weapons charges.
Swift admitted to police that he was high on drugs during the attempted break-in. He was in possession of numerous weapons when arrested.
This is far from the first time that the 7-foot-1 former NBA basketball player has been in trouble with police.
Just last year the troubled young man was arrested on weapons charges after Kirkland and Redmond police raided a house in October in Kirkland’s residential Juanita neighborhood. The raid was aimed at shutting down a criminal enterprise being run out of the home.
Swift was living in the home where the raid took place because his own $1.4 million-dollar home had been foreclosed on the previous March.
The ex-player has had several other run-ins with police as well.
Swift, an admitted heroin addict, is one of professional basketball’s cautionary tales. Drafted out of high school in 2004 at the tender age of 18, Swift leaped into the NBA’s world of big money and fame right out of the gate. But injuries and bad behavior immediately began to torpedo his basketball career.
Less than ten years later Swift flamed out of the NBA, had his $1.4 million home foreclosed upon, and has now he has been arrested for attempted robbery and home invasion.
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