A&M-Commerce coach arrested for aggravated promotion of prostitution

Jennifer Bussey, News Editor

Josep Maric. Photo Courtesy | Lion Athletics

Jennifer Bussey | News Editor

Josip Maric, former assistant coach for the A&M-Commerce men’s basketball team, was arrested for aggravated promotion of prostitution on Wednesday night as part of a larger operation that arrested three other people.

A statement released from the Dallas Police Department reads:

“On February 20, 2019, the Dallas Police Department in partnership with local, state, and federal law enforcement partners throughout the region, executed multiple search warrants at businesses in the 11000 block of Emerald Street. Search warrants were also executed at associated businesses including the 2000 block of Whispering Cove in Lewisville, Texas and one in the 2800 block of Bois D’arc Street in Commerce, Texas.”

A SWAT team was setting up for the arrest behind Smith Residence Hall when university police were alerted to their presence and offered to arrest Maric.

“We found out about the operation about 20 minutes before his arrest. We offered to arrest him because we knew the area,” Lt. Jason Bone of the University Police Department said. “He was arrested at the Field House (where Maric works and the basketball team practices). A female was arrested at his house.”

The female Lt. Bone is referring to is Yenrudee Anuson, whose relationship to Maric is still under investigation.

“To my knowledge, none of his crimes occurred in Commerce. This is just where he lives,” Lt. Bone said.

After his arrest, Maric was held in the Commerce jail until he was later transported to Dallas.

The SWAT team assembled behind Smith Hall in a photo taken by an A&M-Commerce student. Photo courtesy of|Watson Melville 

A statement was released to students and staff by university president Mark Rudin on how the school plans to handle the situation.

“We have terminated his employment. The allegations against this person are very serious, and do not represent our campus or our athletic program. I recognize my responsibility to do everything in my power to ensure our campus is a safe place to live, work, teach and learn.  Chief Bryan Vaughn and his team of officers are working closely with our partner Texas law enforcement agencies on this case,” the statement said.