MARKHAM | A Cook County judge set bail Friday at $300,000 for the brother of a former NFL player who faces criminal charges in the alleged abduction of his daughter.
Marcus Randle El appeared briefly at the 6th District Cook County Circuit Courthouse before Judge Thomas Carroll, who set the bond. Randle El faces charges of child abduction and home invasion.
Randle El, 27, who is the brother of former Pittsburgh Steelers football player Antwaan Randle El, is scheduled to appear in court again for a preliminary hearing Feb. 19.
Marcus Randle El, who played football at the University of Wisconsin from 2004 to 2007 and at Thornton Township High School in Harvey, was arrested earlier this week after an Amber Alert was issued for his daughter, who was missing for a few hours last week.
Police in Lansing took Marcus Randle El into custody Tuesday, and the Cook County state’s attorney’s office approved criminal charges against him Thursday.
Police responded to a domestic disturbance Jan. 23 in the 2100 block of 175th Street. They said a woman who was Marcus Randle El’s former girlfriend told them he showed up at the apartment with a pistol, forced his way in and took their 3-year-old daughter, driving away with the girl in a black SUV.
Police said Marcus Randle El does not have legal custody rights for his daughter. Family members turned the girl over to police about five hours later on the same day and she was returned to her mother unharmed.
Police said the SUV was recovered in Riverdale, but that Marcus Randle El was not inside the vehicle at the time.