Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad defensive back Earl Wolff, 26, was kidnapped and released by armed gunmen while visiting Fayetteville, North Carolina, according to a report released Saturday. After being forced into his own vehicle at gunpoint, Wolff, and his kidnapper drove around for an unknown period of time before Wolff was let go in an area just south of Fayetteville as the gunman drove off in his auto. One of the suspects in the case was arrested Thursday.
Citing information from police reports and sources, the Observer reported that Fayetteville police received a call at about 3 a.m. on February 23 regarding an alleged robbery and kidnapping.
The Eagles’ 2013 fifth-round draft pick has since returned to Florida.
Wolff is originally from the Fayetteville-area as he attended Hoke County High School before playing football at North Carolina State University. He asked the media to respect Wolff’s privacy.
“We don’t know how long he was kidnapped”, Fayetteville police spokesman Antoine Kincade told the Observer. He was released unharmed after “a short time” and his vehicle was eventually recovered as well. The team said Saturday he was freed unharmed.
“We are still following up on any leads that potential witnesses can give us”, he said.
Annabelle Meyers, assistant athletics director for communications at NC State, said she had spoken to Wolff.
Bobby Deshawn Bailey has been arrested in connection to the incident. Bailey’s charges range from robbery with a unsafe weapon, first-degree kidnapping, conspiracy, larceny, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and possession of marijuana. His bail was set at $156,000.