Missing ex-NFL player Sergio Brown arrested, faces murder charge in death of mother

Former NFL player Sergio Brown was arrested Tuesday in connection with the murder of his 73-year-old mother, his family and police confirmed.

The former safety with the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts was taken into custody by San Diego police after a warrant was issued for first-degree murder, and he awaits extradition to Illinois to face charges, the Maywood Police Department said in a statement.

Brown was missing for nearly a month after the body of his mother, Myrtle Jean Simmons-Brown, was found Sept. 16 near a creek behind her home in the Chicago suburb of Maywood with “multiple injuries due to assault,” the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office said.

The 35-year-old NFL player was caught while re-entering the U.S. from Mexico, Maywood police said.

A statement released Wednesday by Simmons-Brown’s family said they are “heartened by the news that Sergio Brown has been apprehended and returned to the United States unharmed.”

Attorney Christian A. Conway, Esq., a close friend of the family acting as their representative, said the family has not been in contact with Sergio Brown.

Videos surfaced last month on Instagram of a man resembling Sergio Brown calling reports about the death of his mother “fake news.” In the video, the man says he thought his mother was “on vacation” in Sinaloa, Mexico. TMZ also recovered videos of a man they identified as Brown partying in Tulum, Mexico.

Brown played football at the University of Notre Dame and went on to play for various teams in the NFL for seven seasons, including the Patriots, the Colts, the Atlanta Falcons, the Buffalo Bills and the Jacksonville Jaguars.

“Myrtle was a beautiful, loving, and inspirational soul that made everyone around her feel like they mattered,” the Simmons-Brown family said in last week’s statement. “With her contagious smile and personality, our loss of Myrtle has left an indescribable void not only in our lives, but in our communities.”

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