Former college football player faces home invasion, child abduction charges

2014-01-30T22:45:00Z 2014-01-31T00:23:03Z Former college football player faces home invasion, child abduction chargesElvia Malagon elvia.malagon@nwi.com, (219) 933-3246 nwitimes.com
January 30, 2014 10:45 pm  • 

LANSING | A former University of Wisconsin football player was charged Thursday with home invasion and child abduction, police said. 

Marcus Randle-El, 27, was arrested Tuesday and formally charged Thursday, Lansing police said.

He is the younger brother of former Indiana University and NFL player Antwaan Randle-El. The brothers graduated from Thornton Township High School in Harvey. 

The charges come a week after police were called to a domestic disturbance in the 2100 block of 175th Street. A woman told Lansing police that Marcus Randle-El, her former boyfriend, had a gun with him and took their 3-year-old daughter in a black SUV. 

According to police, Marcus Randle-El does not have custody of his daughter. Illinois State Police issued an Amber Alert for the girl. 

The black SUV Randle-El drove off in was later found in Riverdale, but he was not inside the vehicle, police said. 

Five hours after the alert was issued, family members turned over the girl to Lansing police. The girl was reunited with her mother and was unharmed. 

Fabian Newman, a spokesman for the Lansing Police Department, said he did not have details Thursday about where Randle-El was arrested.

Marcus Randle-El is scheduled to have his first appearance in court Friday.

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