A man charged with kidnapping, beating and robbing NFL player Javon Walker after the Oakland Raiders wide receiver spent a night partying, gambling and club-hopping in Las Vegas was held Friday on bail totaling $86,000.
Arfat Fadel’s lawyer, Shane Emerick, a public defender, said outside court he doubted Fadel could make bail, and that Fadel intended to plead not guilty to charges that he and an unidentified second man followed Walker from club to club before enticing him into their vehicle and robbing him.
Justice of the Peace Tony Abbatangelo set bail at $73,000 and scheduled a preliminary hearing for July 16 on four felony charges: first-degree kidnapping, conspiracy to commit robbery, robbery, and battery causing substantial bodily harm. Fadel, 30, of Las Vegas told another judge Wednesday that he couldn’t raise $13,000 bail in a separate kidnapping and domestic battery case.
Las Vegas police say Fadel has not cooperated with investigators who are seeking another man shown in surveillance videotapes with Fadel shadowing Walker at nightclubs late June 15.
Police say the 29-year-old Walker “willingly” got into a vehicle with Fadel and the other man in a valet area at the Bellagio about dawn June 16. Walker, who a police lieutenant characterized as intoxicated, was found robbed, beaten and unconscious a little more than an hour later.
Walker suffered broken bones in his jaw and around his right eye, and a concussion, according to a police report submitted to the court. Police said $3,000 in cash, at least two $1,000 gambling chips, two credit cards, and a watch, diamond earrings and necklace worth a combined $100,000 were taken. The items have not been recovered.