Sergio Brown – a former NFL player who is a suspect in his mother’s death – was arrested on Tuesday (October 10) after being deported to the US from Mexico. The arrest comes nearly a month after he and his 73-year-old mother, Myrtle Brown, were reported missing on Sept. 16 – she was later found dead.
According to law enforcement in Mexico, Brown traveled to the country around the same time he was reported missing – they’ve known of his whereabouts since Sept. 19 (three days after his mother’s body was found). On Tuesday, he was deported back to the United States and immediately taken into custody.
The arrest would’ve happened sooner, but Illinois authorities had to obtain an arrest warrant first. He was taken into custody by the San Diego Sheriff’s Department on a felony fugitive arrest charge and is now being transported from Southern California back to the Chicago, IL area, according to a source by CNN.
Sergio Brown and his mother, Myrtle Brown, were reported missing on September 16 – they weren’t at their home and weren’t responding to anyone’s phone calls or messages. Later that day, investigators found Myrtle’s unresponsive body by a creek behind her home. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office determined that she suffered multiple injuries due to an assault, which resulted in the police ruling her manner of death a homicide. The Brown family immediately turned their attention to Sergio – who had not been seen or heard from since going missing on Sept. 16.
Two days later, Sergio Brown posted a series of cryptic and concerning videos on Instagram that showed him partying in Mexico. He didn’t address the incident directly, but he did make several comments that mocked the missing person’s report – and he even accused the federal government of being involved.
While he was in Mexico, his family was in Chicago mourning the loss of their matriarch and trying to figure out what happened in the lead-up to her death. Now that Sergio Brown is in custody and on his way back to Chicago, investigators are hoping to gain some closure and learn more about the Sept. 16 tragedy.
Sergio Brown Played in the NFL Between 2010 and 2016
Sergio Brown is a name some people will recognize. He was a two-sport athlete at Proviso East High School in Maywood, Illinois – the same town he and his mother were living in prior to her death. He played wide receiver and defensive back for the football team, and was also on the track and field team.
Brown graduated from Proviso East High School in 2006 and received a scholarship to play football at the University of Notre Dame – where he was a defensive back for four seasons between 2006 and 2009. He became a full-time starter for the team in 2008 and declared for the NFL Draft following his senior year.
He went undrafted in the 2010 NFL Draft, but was immediately signed by the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent. He spent the next seven seasons with the Patriots, Colts, Jaguars, and Bills, but struggled to earn and maintain a starting role. His last game played in the NFL was on January 1, 2017.
He retired with 144 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 10 passes defensed, 4 fumble recoveries, and 1 interception in 94 games played – he made 15 starts in his career, including eight starts with the Jaguars in 2014. We should learn more about his future once investigators have an opportunity to speak with him directly.
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