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Ex-NFL player charged with kidnapping in Mississippi

Jerrell Powe and a man accused of being an accomplice, Gavin Bates, were arrested after a man told police he was kidnapped and forced to withdraw money from a bank, police said.
Jerrell Powe of the Kansas City Chiefs during a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers on Aug. 30, 2012, in Green Bay, Wis.
Jerrell Powe of the Kansas City Chiefs during a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers in Green Bay, Wis., on Aug. 30, 2012. Jonathan Daniel / Getty Images file

A former NFL player has been arrested and charged with kidnapping in Mississippi, police said.

Jerrell Powe, 35, who played for the University of Mississippi and several seasons in the NFL, was booked into the Madison County Detention Center on a kidnapping charge at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, booking records show

Ridgeland police officers found Powe and a man alleged to be an accomplice, Gavin Bates, 35, at a Chase Bank on Highland Colony Parkway on Thursday, Police Chief Brian Myers told NBC affiliate WLBT of Jackson. Ridgeland is about 10 miles northeast of Jackson. 

Police said a victim contacted police and told officers he was kidnapped “against his will” and was “forced to withdraw money” at the bank, Myers said. 

The victim is safe, Myers said, and the matter is under investigation, the station reported.

Powe and Bates were detained on kidnapping charges. Bates was also hit with a controlled substance violation charge.

Both are being held without bond pending a hearing Tuesday, according to The Associated Press. It was not immediately clear whether the pair have retained lawyers.

Powe played for the University of Mississippi starting in 2008. He was drafted by Kansas City Chiefs in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He went on to play for the Houston Texans and signed with the team now known as the Washington Commanders in 2015 and was released a year later.

He retired from football in 2017.