Former Ole Miss football star Jerrell Powe arrested for kidnapping

Published 11:10 am Tuesday, January 17, 2023

RIDGELAND (AP) — A former Ole Miss and NFL football player has been arrested in Mississippi on kidnapping charges.

Jerrell Powe, 35, remained jailed Monday in the Jackson suburb of Ridgeland with no bail set. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer to speak for him.

Ridgeland Police Chief Brian Myers told WLBT-TV that Powe and another person, 35-year-old Gavin Bates of Roseville, California, were arrested Jan. 12 at a bank in the city.

Sign up for The Vicksburg Post's free newsletter

Receive daily headlines and obituaries

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

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

Powe is scheduled to make an initial appearance before a judge 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.

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, garnering eight tackles and one sack. Powe played in 16 games for the Houston Texans in 2014, recording 10 tackles.