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Napoleon Harris fights off robbers, helps catch murder suspects

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 16:  Linebacker Napoleon Harris #50 of the Kansas City Chiefs in action during the game against the Tennessee Titans on December 16, 2007 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) Getty Images

Former NFL linebacker Napoleon Harris has done well for himself in retirement, getting elected to the Illinois State Senate and owning a couple of pizza places in the Chicago area. And now Harris can add Superhero Crime Fighter to his résumé.

When four men tried to rob Harris, he not only fought them off but gave a description of them and their vehicle to police, and when police caught up to them it turned out that three of them were believed to be involved in a murder.

The incident took place when Harris, working late at his restaurant, told his delivery driver he could go home and Harris would handle any remaining deliveries himself. A call came in and Harris went out to make the delivery, but it turned out that the address he was given was a vacant house, and four men had made the call as a ruse, planning to rob a delivery driver.

What the men weren’t counting on was the possibility that the driver they robbed would be a former NFL linebacker. The 37-year-old Harris was able to fight all four of them off, and when they ran away, he followed them to their getaway car, called 911 and gave the description to police.

The men ditched the car, but police located it and found blood inside, CBS 2 in Chicago reports. DNA analysis of that blood showed it belonged to Lester Jones, a man who had gone missing and been found dead this month, the victim of an apparent robbery and murder.

With help from information provided by Harris, police eventually tracked the men to Georgia, where three of them were charged with murder. The Atlanta Journal Constitution identified the murder suspects as Lawrence Hines, Malik Mayer and a juvenile whose name is not being released. The fourth man is not suspected of being involved in the murder but is expected to be charged with the attack on Harris. Police said the men are also suspects in other crimes.

Harris, who was a starting linebacker for the Raiders, Vikings and Chiefs, has not spoken publicly about the incident. But the spokesman in his State Senate office noted that, “This wasn’t the average 5-foot-9 delivery guy.”

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28 Responses to “Napoleon Harris fights off robbers, helps catch murder suspects”
  1. drekomp says: Sep 22, 2016 5:07 PM

    Awesome. Good for you, Nap!

    Sadly, he ended up being the main return for the Vikings in the trade that sent Randy Moss to Oakland.

  2. patsbrat says: Sep 22, 2016 5:09 PM

    Very cool. Only question left is who is going to play Harris when they make the movie? This script has Hollywood written all over it.

  3. bleedingfacemask says: Sep 22, 2016 5:09 PM

    Somewhere, a certain pizza delivery driver is counting his blessings. This could have turned out very differently.

  4. MiamiDolphinsNation says: Sep 22, 2016 5:10 PM

    Congrats to Mr Harris!!
    Now of course the criminals families will blame him and the poleeez for violating their civil rights.

  5. wttoolman says: Sep 22, 2016 5:12 PM

    This guy definitely would not have taken a knee during our national anthem.

  6. clebrownsfan11 says: Sep 22, 2016 5:17 PM


  7. motleytrap says: Sep 22, 2016 5:23 PM

    Trying to rob a pizza guy?

  8. charger383 says: Sep 22, 2016 5:25 PM

    good for him

  9. favreisadouche says: Sep 22, 2016 5:26 PM

    Great story.

    Get off your high horse RDJESS.

  10. Della Street says: Sep 22, 2016 5:27 PM

    Shocking that 3 Chicago men who set out to rob and beat an innocent man would be wanted for murder. Shocking I tell you.

  11. scmems07 says: Sep 22, 2016 5:29 PM

    Maybe they were just upset that the pizza was not delivered in 30 minutes or less.

  12. peytonwantsaflag says: Sep 22, 2016 5:29 PM

    now THAT’S a Chicago style pizza.

  13. jimnaizeeum says: Sep 22, 2016 5:31 PM

    Great story, would have loved to see the reaction of these dopes when they realized they picked the wrong dude to rob.

  14. autumnwind999 says: Sep 22, 2016 5:44 PM

    Stay classy, Chicago.

  15. borbinski says: Sep 22, 2016 5:59 PM

    Nice job, Nap. When i come to chicago I need to buy pizza from you

  16. ldloudin says: Sep 22, 2016 6:07 PM

    Drekomp, 45+ yr Raiders fan here; thought the Raiders included a #1 as well. Trade didn’t work out so well for us either as RM lasted 2 yrs in Oakland on bad teams giving less than his best effort. We got fleeced for a #4 by the Pats before he turned in the greatest season for a WR in recent memory, if not all time.

  17. ricko1112 says: Sep 22, 2016 6:23 PM

    This is something people who stand for the Anthem do.

  18. onebuffalove716 says: Sep 22, 2016 6:29 PM

    Love to see stories of former players doing so well: that alone was cool to read. To allow his employee to leave early was awesome to read. But and I stress but, as cool as all that was to read, the best part was NOT reading he had been severely hurt, or shot and is now dead.

    Great story.

  19. connfyoozed says: Sep 22, 2016 6:34 PM

    This was a very good use of a prevent defense.

  20. chawkup says: Sep 22, 2016 6:36 PM

    That’s badass!

  21. firerogergoodell says: Sep 22, 2016 6:56 PM

    Great news but it doesn’t make me feel any better about the Randy Moss trade. Still bitter lol

  22. texansdude says: Sep 22, 2016 7:28 PM

    These guys must be bottom of the barrel. Wanting to rob a pizza delivery guy? This is freaking karma. They got their delivery driver, for sure. The one they deserved. Good for him!

  23. lukeshow says: Sep 22, 2016 7:41 PM

    Met him once. Nice dude.

  24. dejadoh says: Sep 22, 2016 8:13 PM

    Good old #58.

  25. ramfanmatt says: Sep 22, 2016 8:50 PM

    This is awesome. More stories like this please.

  26. taintedsaints2009 says: Sep 22, 2016 10:52 PM

    Always liked him as a Viking. I will always love him for a pounding he gave Brett favre once.

    Chicago is just terrible. Full of terrible people. I realize not all people are like these low life’s but at some point people in that city need to say enough. It is the murder capital of the U.S.

  27. pfpjschulz says: Sep 22, 2016 11:11 PM

    A few things the article failed to mention, it occurred outside Chicago in the city of Harvey. The murder that was uncovered happened in Georgia and these guys were on the run. Funny how people want to find the negative in a feel good story

  28. puntonfirstdown says: Sep 23, 2016 12:01 AM

    Finally… a good former NFL player story.

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