Football player arrested for kidnapping, beating, shooting student

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EDMOND, Okla. -- A metro college student is recovering after being badly beaten and shot in the leg.

This all happened while he was driving down the highway after he picked up two men at a University of Central Oklahoma apartment complex.

The victim, 23-year-old UCO student James Sykes, picked up the two suspects in the parking lot of the apartments on campus.

As they were driving along I-35, the two men pulled a gun on Sykes, robbed and beat him.

Authorities said the beating lasted half an hour as they drove to the area of I-35 and Seward Rd.

The victim was shot in the leg and the car swerved off the road and hit an embankment.

The suspects ran and a passerby noticed Sykes badly beaten in the car.

Logan County deputies spent the night tracking down the two suspects and found them inside a Langston University apartment early Saturday morning.

Randale Anderson, 20, and 23-year-old Sir Demarco Bledsoe were arrested.

Bledsoe was a defensive end on the Langston University football team this past fall but school officials said he is no longer enrolled there.

"I think it's time to grow up and make the right decisions. I mean, that's not called for at all,” Langston student Latanja Johnson said.

Students on the Langston campus said it's a sad story all the way around.

"Sometimes I ask the question, why are they here if they don't want to make life better for themselves?"

UCO students had the same reaction.

"It's not smart. We're in here to learn, not to act like idiots,” UCO student Joseph Loftin said.

Sykes was flown to the hospital where he underwent surgery for the gunshot wound to his leg.

He is expected to make a full recovery.

Authorities are still investigating his connection to the two suspects.

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