Former Reb charged in kidnapping at Chase
RIDGELAND — A former Ole Miss football standout and NFL player along with an alleged accomplice were arrested here last week in connection with a purpoted kidnapping, the authorities said.
The former player, Jerrel Powe, 35, of Buckatunna in Wayne County was arrested and charged with kidnapping, according to Ridgeland Police.
The alleged accomplice, Gavin Bates, 35, of Roseville, Calif., was also arrested and charged with kidnapping.
Ridgeland Police Chief Brian Myers said the arrests stem from an incident reported on Thursday, Jan. 12, at 1:40 p.m., when Ridgeland Police responded to the Chase Bank, 1042 Highland Colony Parkway, in reference to a report of someone being held against their will at the bank.
Upon arrival, officers made contact with the complainant who told officers that he was kidnapped in Laurel and was taken to the Chase Bank location against his will and forced to withdraw money, Myers said.
The complainant identified the alleged kidnappers as Powe and Bates. Both were still on scene and were arrested by responding officers.
They are each charged with one count of kidnapping and were taken to the Madison County Jail.
“The investigation is on-going at this time and further criminal charges are possible,” Myers said.
Documents provided to the Journal by someone close to Powe indicate an ongoing business dispute between the two men but no formal charges have been filed.
Powe played nose tackle for the Ole Miss Rebels in college and was a second team All-SEC player in 2009 and 2010.
Powe was picked in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL draft by the Kansas City Chiefs where he would spend most of his career. Powe recorded 18 tackles and one sack while in the National Football League.