Earl Wolff, a safety on the practice squad for the Jacksonville Jaguars who has also played for the Philadelphia Eagles, was allegedly kidnapped in North Carolina on February 23. The news was reported by the Fayetteville Observer.
At this time, it’s unknown whether Wolff was kidnapped because he’s an NFL player or if it was just a random robbery, and no one knows the exact amount of time that Wolff was held captive before he was released. The Observer has more details on the situation.
Wolff had been visiting friends at a home on Hazelhurst Drive and was walking to his 2011 white Range Rover when a group of men with guns allegedly accosted him and forced him into his vehicle.
“We don’t know how long he was kidnapped,” Fayetteville police spokesman Antoine Kincade said. “But it was a short period of time.”
Wolff was released unharmed in Hope Mills, and his car was recovered in Cumberland County, police said.
One suspect, 21-year-old Deshawn Bailey, was arrested on Thursday in relation to Wolff’s kidnapping on charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon, first-degree kidnapping, conspiracy, larceny, and other minor charges. As of Sunday, no other suspects have been taken into custody.
Wolff’s family has stated that he has returned to Florida, and Annabelle Meyers, an assistant athletics director at NC State where Wolff went to school, added that he was “really shook up.” On Sunday afternoon, he sent out a tweet stating he was in good health and thanking people for their support.
(Via The Charlotte Observer)