Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Powe Posts Bond

Jerrel Powe is free after he posted a $100,000 bond in Ridgeland yesterday.  Ridgeland police arrested the former Ole Miss and NFL football player for kidnapping Monday.  

Ridgeland police stated in a press release: 

Thursday, January 12, 2023, at approximately 1:40 p.m., Ridgeland Police responded to Chase Bank located at 1042 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland, Mississippi, in reference to a report of someone being held against their will at the bank.  Upon arrival, officers made contact with the victim who told officers that he was kidnapped in Laurel, Mississippi and was taken to Chase Bank, against his will, and forced to withdraw money.  The victim identified the suspects as Jerrel Powe, age 35, of Buckatunna, Mississippi, and Gavin Bates, age 35, of Roseville, California.  Both Powe and Bates were still on scene and were arrested on scene by responding officers.  They are each charged with one count of Kidnapping and are currently being held at Madison County Jail.  Bond has not been set for either subject. 



Powe was a second-team All-SEC defensive/nose tackle in 2009 and 2010.  The Kansas City Chiefs drafted him in the sixth round in 2011.  He played a few games in the NFL but left football in 2017 after bouncing from the Chiefs to the Texans to the Redskins.  

Ridgeland police charged both defendants with conspiracy today.  The bond for Powe and Bates were $100,000 each.  

Kingfish note: The plot thickens.  The "victim" is one Bryce Mathis.  A Covington County grand jury indicted him for two counts of fraud in 2019.  The indictment charged Mathis swindled a Covington County lumber company out of $66,231. The District Attorney withdrew the indictment in July 2020 after Mathis made full restitution to the victimized lumber company.  (See p. 5 below for the police version of the story.).   Sources say the indictment is indicative of his dealings with other people in business.  Mathis allegedly owed Powe a large sum of money and well, the former resident of Oxford wanted his money.  Hence the alleged kidnapping.  


Anonymous said...

Unless there is a text saying "We are on our way to kidnap your a$$ and take you to get our money" or his wrists show he was bound, there is a video of him being dragged out of his house or something similar, this is going to all have to be dropped.

It's his word "They kidnapped me" against their's "He told us he would get the money if we drove him to his bank." Unless there is real evidence, this has just been a "Former Ole Miss... headline" and nothing more.

Anonymous said...

Nobody involved is credible. Powe will pay his accuser some money, the charges will be dropped, and that will be the end of it.

Anonymous said...

Powe will be vindicated and Mathis headed to the big house

Anonymous said...

Pretty sure Powe worked in law enforcement for a while.

Anonymous said...

If Mathis was a known convicted swindler, why would you lend him money? There is more to their association than we will ever know.

Bill Dees said...

@9:12 AM, you've got that backwards. The formerly indicted guy will pay Powe and his friend, and the DA will dismiss all the charges.

Anonymous said...

I am no pro con man but stealing from a man of the size of Powe is dumb as hell, dawg.

Anonymous said...

I have a good friend who lives in Buccatoona. He knows both of them WELL. He told me today that Mathis had concocted a plan to become eligible as a licensed medical-marijuana grower. Quite a few in the community invested, including Powe. My friend said word on the Buccatoona street is $300k from Powe alone. When the plan went south, folks wanted their money back. Mathis agreed to refund Powe.

Fast forward to the day in question and Mathis told Powe and his 'accomplice' to drive Mathis over to Ridgeland for a withdrawal. It was Mathis' idea and that's why they had no problem allowing him to leave the vehicle and walk into the bank. He was never restrained, threatened or held against his will. The problem for Mathis is that the other two have a witness and he has none.

Maybe the Ole Miss 'M' Club will step up.

Anonymous said...

Someone should check the Ridgeland PD’s ties to Mississippi State. I suspect this is a biased investigation, charge, bond, and all, going back to the anger and envy of those people when Powe chose Ole Miss and not State during his recruitment.

Anonymous said...

Good Lord, 8:41 - What all else do you see hiding in the bushes and under your bed? How many people at Ridgeland PD attended MSU? And you obviously don't know this, but a police department does not file charges or set bond.

Anonymous said...

What in the hell does the Ole Miss M Club have to do with this story?

Anonymous said...

Just another dumb ass football ex jock with a little money that he invested in a “get rich scheme”. I wouldn’t worry about it to much, if he doesn’t lose it here, he will lose it somewhere else. Probably a bar somewhere around Jackson with numerous pictures of the obese Ole Miss football player he used to be.

Anonymous said...

"What in the hell does the Ole Miss M Club have to do with this story? January 19, 2023 at 6:15 AM"

Powe is a member. The club could handle his defense. Try to pay attention.

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