Jacksonville Jaguar’s safety Earl Wolff was kidnapped last month but was eventually released without harm. His family is asking for respect to their privacy as regard to the incident but insisted that Wolff is recovering well from trauma caused by what took place.
According to fayobserver.com, the 26-year old Wolff was held at gun point by a group of men and was forced inside his vehicle on Feb. 23 and was taken to an undisclosed location. He was held and was then released at south of Fayetteville. It was not reported if there was a ransom demand and if the family paid for his release.
But Fayetteville police spokesman Antoine Kincade related that on the day of the incident Wolff was visiting friends on Hazelhurst Drive and was walking back to his vehicle when the kidnapping occurred. Kincade added that they are yet to determine how long Wolff was held captive and stressed that it was for a “short period of time.”
“Investigators don’t know whether Wolff was targeted or if the crime was random. His car was recovered in Cumberland County. We are still following up on any leads that potential witnesses can give us,” Kincade said.
Jaguars’ senior manager for public relations Tad Dickman posted on his Twitter account that Wolff is doing “well, mentally and physically.”
Spoke w/ @Ewolff28 and he's doing well, mentally & physically.
I ask that the media please respect his privacy. https://t.co/1FXaPwjv1K
— x-Tad Dickman (@Tdickman89) March 5, 2016
On a follow up operations, authorities have arrested Bobby DeShawn Bailey in connection to the said incident. Bailey has been charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, first-degree kidnapping, conspiracy, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and possession of marijuana. Bail is set at $156,000 for his temporary freedom and police stated that they are still in pursuit of the other suspects.
Wolff first played professional with the Philadelphia Eagles after he was drafted in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. But after injuring his knee in a game against the Green Bay Packers, Wolff was sidelined and was then placed in the injured list in November of 2014.
He was then waived by the Eagles on Aug. 21, 2015 and was signed by the Jaguars last Dec. 22. Wolff signed a future contract with the Jaguars and is set to see action in the 2016 season.