- The Washington Times - Friday, September 23, 2016

An Illinois state senator who played professional football recently fended off an ambush in Chicago and helped bring police one step closer to solving a Georgia murder case.

Napoleon Harris, Harvey Democrat, told employees at his Beggars Pizza franchise on Sept. 6 to call it a day while he completed their final delivery. The former NFL linebacker was soon ambushed by four men after arriving at 369 E. 147th Street in Harvey. He survived a choke-hold and ultimately led police to the suspects’ stolen vehicle, which contained the blood of a murdered Georgia man.

“It was definitely a setup. ,” police spokesman Sean Howard told a local CBS affiliate Thursday. “They not only were trying to rob him — they were trying to kill him. They were literally trying to choke him to death.”

Mr. Harris, who is 6-foot-3 and weighs 250 pounds, lost his wallet during the scuffle, but followed the suspects’ Chevrolet Tahoe until it crashed in a lumberyard. Police later found the blood of murder victim Lester “Roy” Jones in the vehicle.

“As they were all beating on him, one guy just went out of his way and really hit him hard, and Napoleon never moved,” Mr. Harris told the station. “He just looked at him like Hulk Hogan, and from that the guys knew that we better get out of here, because we can’t get this guy down.”

Police soon apprehended suspects Malik Mayer and a juvenile trying to flee the city in a bus to Atlanta, the Chicago Tribune reported Thursday. Mr. Mayer is charged with murder, kidnapping, aggravated assault, theft and two counts of financial transaction card fraud, according to reports.

A third suspect, Lawrence Hines, was arrested and charged with murder after he checked into a mental hospital in Atlanta.

Charges are pending against an unidentified fourth suspect while Chicago police work to have him transferred to the area by Indiana authorities, the Tribune reported.

 


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