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ESU football player suspended after arrest for alleged burglary

TOPEKA (KSNT) – An Emporia State University football player has been suspended indefinitely after being arrested in connection with an alleged burglary at an Emporia apartment occupied by a family.

19-year-old Michael Hourel, a linebacker at ESU, joined the Hornets as part of the January 2024 recruiting class. A spokesperson for Emporia State Athletics told 27 News that Hourel is suspended indefinitely as a result of this arrest.


This suspension means that you will not be allowed to participate in any ESU intercollegiate athletic activities.

We are aware of the situation and await the outcome of the criminal proceedings. We have no further comment at this time.

Statement by Donald Weast, ESU Assoc. AD/Media Relations

According to Emporia police, an officer responded to a call at an apartment complex in the 1800 block of Merchant Street.

A woman reported to officers that she woke up to find an unknown man in the apartment. The man allegedly pushed her against the wall and tried to cover her mouth. The report states that the woman was still able to scream, which alerted her husband and two children. On Sunday, June 30, Hourel was arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary and grievous bodily harm.

The EPD continues to gather information on this case. If you have any information to share with the EPD, call 620-343-4225. You can also submit anonymous tips to Lyon County Crime Stoppers by calling 620-342-2273.

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