Ishmael Adams, Starter on UCLA Football Team, Arrested After Allegedly Stealing Phone From Uber Driver

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Ishmael Adams #1 of the UCLA Bruins returns a kick off for a 100 yard touchdown against the Arizona State Sun Devils during the third quarter of the college football game at Sun Devil Stadium on September 25, 2014 in Tempe, Arizona. (Credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

A defensive back for UCLA’s football team was arrested just days before the season was set to begin after he allegedly used force to take a cellphone from an Uber driver, school officials said Monday.

Ishmael Adams, 21, was taken into custody by the UCLA Police Department shortly after 3:30 a.m. Sunday, according to Ricardo Vasquez, an associate director of the university’s Media Relations and Public Outreach division.

Adams has been charged with robbery, Vasquez said.

His bail was set at $100,000, Los Angeles County jail records showed.  He was scheduled to make his first court appearance on Tuesday.

“We are aware of the situation and continuing to gather information,” UCLA  Associate Athletic Director Josh Rupprecht said in an emailed statement. “As this is a pending legal matter, we will have no further comment at this time.”

Adams is a redshirt junior who has started in 26 consecutive games the past two seasons. He is originally from Woodland Hills and attended Oaks Christian High School in Westlake Village, according to his biography on the UCLA Athletics website.

The Bruins are scheduled to kick off their 2015 season against the University of Virginia at the Rose Bowl this Saturday.

KTLA’s Jennifer Thang contributed to this story.