Connect with us


Indiana basketball freshman forward Mackenzie Mgbako arrested overnight on pair of misdemeanor charges



Indiana basketball freshman forward Mackenzie Mgbako
Indiana basketball freshman forward Mackenzie Mgbako was arrested in Bloomington early Sunday morning, according to reports. (Bobby Goddin/Herald-Times-USA TODAY NETWORK)

Indiana basketball freshman forward Mackenzie Mgbako was arrested in Bloomington early Sunday morning. The news was first reported by Zach Osterman of the Indy Star.

Mgbako was booked Sunday on a pair of charges including criminal trespass and resisting law enforcement.

Both charges are Class A misdemeanors.

“IU Athletics is aware of the situation,” an Indiana athletic department spokesperson told “We will continue to gather facts, cooperate with and monitor the legal process, and take further action as the evolving situation warrants.”

The Indiana basketball forward was booked at 3:16 am on Sunday morning and later released at 5:25 am.

Below is a statement from Bloomington Police Department captain Ryan Pedigo:

“On October 22nd at approximately 2:15 a.m., officers responded to Taco Bell, located at 3001 E Third Street, in reference to a man refusing to leave the property. Upon arrival, officers were advised by Taco Bell management that they were refusing service to the man in a vehicle in the drive-thru due to him cursing at and being rude to employees. Officers made contact with the man, who refused to identify himself but told officers that he was 18-years-old. The man was later identified as Mackenzie Mgbako. Officers asked Mgbako to move his vehicle from the drive-thru line, which he agreed to do and moved the vehicle into a parking space in the Taco Bell lot. Upon speaking further with management, they requested that officers tell Mgbako to leave the property. Officers explained to Mgbako that he needed to leave the property and he refused to do so and kept the windows closed on his vehicle. At one point, Mgbako began to drive out of the lot, but then reversed his vehicle and parked again in a parking space on Taco Bell property. He was told repeatedly that he needed to leave the property by officers, but failed to comply and stayed on Taco Bell property for approximately 15 minutes.

“Officers determined that Mgbako would be arrested for trespassing, but he then moved his vehicle to a nearby lot and parked again. Officers approached his vehicle and advised him that he was under arrest and that he needed to exit his vehicle, but he refused to do so. Officers had to use a baton to break the passenger side window of the vehicle to unlock the doors. Upon opening the driver’s door, Mgbako was given commands to exit the driver’s seat, but he refused to do so. Officers had to forcibly remove him from the vehicle and he tensed his arms and would not allow officers to secure him in handcuffs. Officers were able to eventually place him in handcuffs and he was then transported to the Monroe County Jail, where he was remanded for criminal trespass, class A misdemeanor, and resisting law enforcement, class A misdemeanor.”

The story will be updated as more details come out.

Make sure to follow Hoosier Illustrated, part of the Full Ride Network, on Twitter @Indiana_FRN, Facebook and YouTubeto stay up to date on all of the news, updates and coverage of Indiana University athletics. You can also listen to the Talking’ Bout the Hoosiers podcast on Spotify.

Alec Lasley is the owner of Hoosier Illustrated, a comprehensive site covering news, updates and recruiting for Indiana University athletics. Alec has covered Indiana for six years and is a credentialed media member. He has previously worked for both Rivals and 247Sports.