Jerrell Powe, Gavin Bates former University of Mississippi football player charged for kidnapping

Suspect identified as Jerrell Powe (Left) and Gavin Bates (Right)

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Jerrell Powe Arrested – In relation to a kidnapping that took place in Laurel, the police in Ridgeland, Mississippi, detained two male suspects, one of which was a former football player at the University of Mississippi. Chief Brian Myers of the Ridgeland Police Department stated that officers were dispatched to the Chase Bank located on Highland Colony Parkway on January 12.

Suspects identified

The victim reported that he had been kidnapped from Laurel, transported to the bank, and coerced into withdrawing money when the authorities arrived at the scene. Myers stated that the victim was able to identify the suspects as Jerrell Powe, who is 35 years old and is from Buckatunna, Mississippi, and Gavin Bates, who is also 35 years old and hails from Roseville, California. Powe and Bates were both placed under arrest by the officers that responded to the scene.

Suspect taken in custody

Powe and Bates are currently being detained at the Madison County Jail after each of them was charged with one count of kidnapping and placed there. Their ties have not yet been established. Powe played college football at Ole Miss before being selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Powe is now playing for the Chiefs.

Related topic: Former Ohio State football player charged with kidnapping, robbery in Tennessee

An ex-football player from Ohio State is accused of kidnapping, robbing, and carjacking a woman last week in Tennessee. According to an affidavit, a woman reported to the Memphis Police Department that on August 18, an unidentified male abducted her and seized her phone and money. Marcus Williamson, 23, was the man who, according to the woman, compelled her to take him to an ATM where he gave her debit card back. Williamson then instructed the woman to use the ATM to withdraw $500, which she did. According to the affidavit, Williamson instructed the woman to exit her car before driving away.

The next day, Williamson was spotted by authorities driving the woman’s car and pulling into a car wash. Before being detained by police, Williamson got out of the car and was observed putting things into a garbage can, according to the affidavit. When the artifacts were taken out of the trash, the police determined they belonged to the victim. The victim was shown a lineup of six suspects by police, and she recognized Williamson as the man they had detained as the kidnapper, robber, and carjacker. A Memphis hotel room key was one of the things that was taken out of the garbage at the vehicle wash. Williamson’s identification was discovered by police when they carried out a search request at the motel, according to the affidavit.

The Williamson who was detained in this incident is the same Williamson as the Ohio State football player, according to an affidavit that was found when 10TV reviewed public records. Williamson, a native of Westerville, Ohio, played for the Buckeyes from 2017 to 2021 for five seasons. He was a defensive back who played on two teams that advanced to the College Football Playoffs and four consecutive Big Ten title squads. Williamson is accused of forging or tampering with evidence, aggravated kidnapping, and aggravated robbery on two counts each. According to court documents, he is being held under a $80,000 bail, and his subsequent court appearance is set for September 7 at 9 a.m.

Williamson’s family is requesting privacy while they concentrate on his mental health and well-being, according to a press release from one of the law companies representing him. Williamson’s criminal charges were defended by a different law company that the family had hired. We kindly request that the general public and the media respect the family’s wishes as they handle this situation. Marcus may have played for an esteemed collegiate football team, but he is still a young guy, and as such, he deserves to be treated fairly, according to Sean Walton, a partner at Walton + Brown, LLP.

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