FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP/WNCN) — Jacksonville Jaguars defensive back and former North Carolina State player Earl Wolff was kidnapped for a short time while visiting his native state of North Carolina last month but was freed unharmed, the team has confirmed.
Police in Fayetteville said they received a call Feb. 23 about a robbery and kidnapping. The Fayetteville Observer, which first reported the story, said that Wolff was visiting friends in the 1600 block of Hazlehurst Drive when a group of men with guns forced him into his Range Rover around 3:30 a.m.
Police say it’s not clear how long Wolff, who attended Hoke County High School in Raeford and played for N.C. State from 2008 to 2012, was held by his kidnappers. Wolff’s Range Rover was stolen during the incident and was later found in Cumberland County, police said.
Tad Dickman, senior manager of public relations for the Jaguars, released a statement Saturday that Wolff was “doing well, mentally and physically.” He asked the media to respect Wolff’s privacy.
Bobby Deshawn Bailey, 21, of the 400 block of Holman Street in Fayetteville was charged in the case. Bailey was taken into custody by his probation officer who had revoked his probation. Bailey was in possession of marijuana at the time of his arrest, police said.
“Detectives continue to investigate this incident in an effort to identify the remaining suspects,” Fayetteville police said.
Bailey was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, first-degree kidnapping, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, larceny of motor vehicle, possession of stolen motor vehicle, possession of stolen property, and possession of marijuana.
He is currently being held in the Cumberland County Detention Center under a $156,000 secured bond.
Anyone with information regarding this kidnapping and robbery is asked to contact Detective Quillen with the Fayetteville Police Department at (910) 303-5703 or Crimestoppers at (910) 483-TIPS (8477).
Crimestoppers information can also be submitted electronically, by visiting http://fay-nccrimestoppers.org and completing the anonymous online tip sheet or by text-a-tip on your mobile device by sending a message to 274637 (in the text box type “4Tip” followed by your message).
— The Associated Press contributed to this report