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NFL safety Earl Wolff was allegedly kidnapped by armed men last month in Fayettevill, North Carolina.
According to police reports, on February 23 the 26-year-old was walking to his Range Rover after visiting some friends when he was accosted by a group of men with guns and forced into his vehicle. Police do not know exactly how long Wolff was held, but it wasn’t that long. They found him safe and unharmed a little while later in Hope Mills, about 10 miles south of Fayetteville. His car was later recovered 25 miles away in Cumberland County.
Wolff was drafted out of NC State by the Eagles in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL draft. He played 18 games over two seasons for the Eagles before being cut in 2014. He is currently a member of the Jaguars practice squad.
The Fayetteville Observer spoke to Annabelle Meyers, the NC State athletics director of communications. She said she spoke to Wolff and that he was “really shook up” and didn’t want to discuss the incident.
Jaguars PR head Tad Dickman tweeted that Wolff was doing well, but reiterated his request for privacy.
Spoke w/ @Ewolff28 and he’s doing well, mentally & physically.
I ask that the media please respect his privacy. https://t.co/1FXaPwjv1K
— Tad Dickman (@Tdickman89) March 5, 2016
At this point police are not sure whether the kidnapping was random or if Wolff was targeted specifically. However, police have arrested a 21-year-old man named Deshawn Bailey and charged him with robbery with a dangerous weapon, first-degree kidnapping, conspiracy, larceny, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and possession of marijuana.
I’m sure we’ll learn more as the investigation unfolds.