Politician Overpowers Would-be Robbers

Napoleon Harris. AP

An Illinois state senator, who happens to be a former NFL linebacker, can add crimefighter to his list of accomplishments.

Napoleon Harris, 37, a Democrat representing a state assembly district in Chicago’s southern suburbs and owns two pizza franchises in the area, let his driver off from making his final deliveries one night earlier this month. Harris made a run to drop off pizzas to an address given to him, which turned out to be a plot with four would-be muggers waiting in tow.

What the robbers didn’t count on was that the delivery guy would be 6-foot-3, 250-pound ex-defensive lineman who has played the Oakland Raiders, Minnesota Vikings and Kansas City Chiefs. Harris turned the tables on his assailants and issued a beatdown, causing them to flee. He chased them to their getaway car and described it to police.

“They put a chokehold on the senator, but to no avail. They were really trying to choke him to death, and he was just too strong. He out-powered all four of them,” his spokesman Sean Howard told CBS Chicago. “As they were all beating on him, one guy just went out of his way and really hit him hard, and Napoleon never moved. He just looked at him like Hulk Hogan, and from that the guys knew that we better get out of here, because we can’t get this guy down.”

Turns out it was an even bigger deal than Harris initially thought.

The men abandoned the car, but when police found the vehicle, it had blood inside of it. A DNA analysis showed that it and the vehicle belonged to Lester Jones, the victim of a homicide who had gone missing, but was eventually found dead.

The information Harris gave police helped them to track the suspects to Georgia. Two were arrested after exiting a bus they took there. Another was taken into custody from a mental health facility he checked into in Georgia. A fourth suspect was from Gary, Ind., but was held and released. Charges are still expected against him, Howard said.


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