Former NFL player arrested in Mississippi on kidnapping charges

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

Jerrell Powe, 35, was held without bail in the Jackson suburb of Ridgeland on Monday. It is unclear if he has a lawyer who can speak for him.

Ridgeland police chief Brian Myers told WLBT-TV that Powe and another person were arrested Thursday at a bank in town.

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Myers said the kidnapping began in Laurel, 75 miles southeast of Jackson, and ended after the victim contacted Ridgeland police. He said the victim is safe.

Powe will appear before a judge for the first time on Tuesday.

Powe played defensive tackle for Ole Miss from 2008 to 2010. He finished with 69 tackles, seven sacks and an interception in 37 games. Powe was named Second-Team All-Southeastern Conference in 2009 and 2010.

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The Kansas City Chiefs selected Powe in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL draft. He played in 12 games over three seasons for the Chiefs, recording eight tackles and one sack. Powe played in 16 games for the Houston Texans in 2014, recording 10 tackles.

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