Sergio Brown, a former NFL player who had been missing since his mother passed away last month, was apprehended on Tuesday after a first-degree murder warrant was filed in her slaying, according to a statement from the police.
Police in Maywood, Illinois, reported that Brown, 35, was detained in San Diego while attempting to re-enter the country from Mexico. According to authorities, he is awaiting extradition to the Chicago suburb of Maywood where he will be charged with murder.
A law enforcement source involved with the investigation told CNN, which was the first to disclose Brown’s arrest, that Mexican law enforcement officials have been aware of Brown’s whereabouts since at least September 19.
After Illinois authorities got an arrest warrant in connection with his mother’s passing, Mexican law enforcement deported him, according to the source.
The source claimed that Brown’s deportation was not without incident and that the former NFL player was threatened with expulsion after causing a commotion on an extradition aircraft from Mexico City to Tijuana.
According to the San Diego Sheriff’s Department’s inmate records, Brown was being held in the organization’s custody on a felony fugitive arrest warrant on Wednesday. November 13 is the date of a court hearing.
If a defendant does not waive extradition, a hearing is mandated by US interstate extradition rules. Prior to Brown being transferred from California to Illinois, a court would need to provide the go-ahead.
Myrtle Brown, his mother, was found dead on September 16 in a creek behind her Maywood house, according to Maywood police. She was 73 years old. Police claimed relatives had notified them that they had been unable to locate or reach her or her son.
According to spokeswoman Natalia Derevyanny, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office determined that she died from wounds sustained in an assault, and the cause of death was listed as a homicide.
Before deciding to sign with the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2010, Sergio Brown played defensive back for Notre Dame. As a player with the Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Buffalo Bills throughout the course of seven NFL seasons.