Nearly one month after his disappearance, former NFL player Sergio Brown has been arrested in connection to his mother’s death, according to the police.
The former defensive back was arrested in San Diego, Calif. on Tuesday after reentering the U.S. from Mexico, as stated by the Maywood Police Department in Illinois.
Both Sergio, 35, and his 73-year-old mother Myrtle Brown were reported missing in mid-September.
On Sept. 16, Myrtle’s body was discovered near a creek behind her home in Maywood, Ill., just outside Chicago. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office determined that Myrtle died from “multiple injuries due to assault.”
Police classified her death as a homicide. Sergio could not be reached at the time.
Authorities later issued an arrest warrant for Sergio in connection with the first-degree murder of his mother.
CNN reported that Sergio is currently awaiting extradition to Illinois to face the murder charge. CNN claimed that law enforcement officers were aware of Sergio’s whereabouts since at least September 19.
He was deported from Mexico after the issuance of his arrest warrant.
The circumstances surrounding Sergio’s initial disappearance are still unclear. In the days following his mother’s death, someone who appeared to be Sergio posted a video on social media discussing the killing. The post’s location was tagged as Mexico, and ESPN was also tagged.
In the video, Brown appears to discuss “fake news” and assert that he believes his mother was on vacation.
A spokesperson for the Maywood Police Department confirmed awareness of the videos and ongoing investigation into the matter.
TMZ reported that Sergio was also spotted at a party in a popular club in Tulum, Mexico.
Prior to his arrest, Sergio’s family requested public assistance in locating him. His brother, Nick Brown, made several social media posts expressing gratitude for the condolences and asking for any leads regarding Sergio’s whereabouts.
“My brother Sergio is still missing,” Nick wrote on Sept. 17. “If anyone knows where he is, I want him to know that I love you and please come home.”
Nick continued, stating, “If you have any information on Sergio’s whereabouts, please send it to the Maywood Police Department.”
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From 2010 to 2017, Sergio played seven seasons in the NFL as a safety. He was initially signed by the New England Patriots and concluded his career with the Buffalo Bills. He also had stints with the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Indianapolis Colts.
Sergio played high school football in Maywood before attending the University of Notre Dame.
A court hearing is currently scheduled for Nov. 13.