Jerrell Powe, who formerly played with the Kansas City Chiefs as a nose tackle, was arrested and booked into Mississippi’s Madison County Detention Center last Thursday for alleged kidnapping.
“A Laurel man ended up at Chase Bank on Highland Colony Pkwy in Ridgeland saying he’d been kidnapped and forced to withdraw money,” Erin Pickens, morning news anchor for ABC News Jackson, Mississippi, said on social media. “Suspects Gavin Bates, 35, of California, and [Jerrell] Powe, 35, of Buckatunna, MS are charged with kidnapping.”
The 35-year-old former NFL player Ridgeland Police Chief Brian Myers told WLBT-TV that Powe was arrested alongside another man, Gavin Bates, at a Chase Bank on Highland Colony Parkway.
According to the police report, the two men kidnapped a victim in Laurel, Mississippi — about 85 miles southeast of Jackson, and forced him to withdraw money from an ATM. The victim was able to call the authorities and the kidnappers were arrested without bond. Authorities continue to investigate the incident.
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The 35-year-old former Chiefs player will reportedly appear in front of a judge on Tuesday. Myers relayed that the victim is also safe, despite the incident.
Jerrell Powe’s history of playing professional football
Prior to his criminal record, Powe attended Wayne County High School in Waynesboro, Mississippi, where he had 71 tackles and 14 sacks as a junior. By the time he was a senior, 89 tackles, including nine QB sacks, while forcing five fumbles. He was considered to be one of the best high school players in the nation and had a wide variety of colleges to choose from, but ultimately settled with Ole Miss.
There, he played defensive tackle for the University of Mississippi from 2008 to 2010. He finished his college football career with 69 tackles, seven sacks, and an interception in 37 games and was even named Second-Team All-Southeastern Conference in 2009 and 2010.
Following his time at the University of Mississippi, the athlete was selected as a sixth-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. Powe played in 12 games over three seasons for the Chiefs and ended his time with the team with eight tackles and one sack. However, the Chiefs waived him from the team in 2013. He went on to play in 16 games for the Houston Texans in 2014, recording 10 tackles. He briefly played with the Washington Commanders.
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