CAMERON (August 5, 2013)—Billy Joe Pitman, Jr., who starred on the gridiron in Cameron and later at the University of Texas, was in custody Monday in the Milam County Jail after his arrest for a home invasion robbery.
Milam County jail records showed Pitman, 28, was ordered held on bonds totaling $115,000, charged with aggravated robbery and interference with an emergency call.
Another man, Alvin Dejuan Melton, 30, turned himself over to police in connection with the incident and he was ordered held in lieu of $105,000 bond charged with aggravated robbery.
At 5:53 pm Friday officers from the Cameron police were sent to a residence in the 1600 block of North Crockett Street.
According to police, when they got there, the two homeowners said a woman and two men forced their way into the home and robbed the occupants.
The victim said a woman knocked at the door and as the door was opened two men forced their way inside the home saying they were owned money.
After cornering one of the victims in her kitchen, one of the suspects grabbed her arm when she tried to call police.
Eventually the suspects ended up in the bedroom where the homeowner say they suspects took several items from the home, including two cell phones.
Police said the victim’s told them the suspects were inside the house for about 30 to 40 minutes.
One of the victims is handicapped, which enhances the robbery to an aggravated robbery charge.
There was no mention of weapons in the police report.
Another suspect, Nekeisha Kaderka, 31, of Rockdale.
Pitman was remembered as an outstanding football player at Cameron Yoe High School where he was a quarterback.
He later went on to the University of Texas where he, between 2003 and 2007, was considered an outstanding receiver.
Pitman was the Longhorn’s leading receiver during the 2005 National Championship season, UT records showed.
Pitman’s college career also was marked by his fight to overcome a rare condition, Bell's Palsy, that results in inability to control facial muscles on the affected side and can also cause facial paralysis.
Pitman was signed as an undrafted free agent by the San Diego Charges in April 2008 but was cut from the team that August.