Former NFL player arrested on kidnapping charges in Mississippi

RIDGELAND, Miss. — A former University of Mississippi and NFL football player, Jerrell Powe, has been arrested in Ridgeland, Mississippi, on kidnapping charges.

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Ridgeland Police Chief Brian Myers told WLBT that Powe, 35, was reportedly encountered by an officer at Chase Band on Highland Colony Parkway.

Powe’s alleged accomplice, Gavin Bates, 35, was arrested and charged with kidnapping, too, Myers told WLBT.

Myers told WLBT that the incident started in Laurel, Mississippi, and ended in Ridgeland when the victim was reportedly able to contact police. The victim told officers he was kidnapped and was “forced to withdraw money” from the bank.

Powe is expected to appear before a judge Tuesday, according to The Associated Press.

Police said that further criminal charges are possible, according to WLBT.

Powe played for Ole Miss as a defensive tackle from 2008 to 2010, according to the AP. He was named to the Second-Team All-Southeastern Conference in both 2009 and 2010.

Powe was selected in the sixth round of the NFL draft in 2011 by the Kansas City Chiefs, according to the AP. He played with the Chiefs for three seasons and then played in 16 games for the Houston Texans in 2014.

No further information has been released.