Napoleon Harris III (D-Harvey), the 6 ft 3 inch Illinois Senator and former Minnesota Vikings linebacker, has played a role in the capture of three murder suspects from Georgia after being the victim of a mugging earlier this month, CBS reports.
Harris was in a Chicago Beggars Pizza franchise he owns when a call came in at the last minute on September 6. He decided to give his “overwhelmed” delivery crew a break and went ahead to deliver the pizza.
The whole order had been a ruse as four robbers had plotted to mug the delivery guy, and ordered the delivery to an unoccupied house.
Their plan however, did not came undone after the 250lb former linebacker turned up with the pie.
According to his spokesman Sean Howard, when Harris arrived:
“They put a choke-hold 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. 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.”
The men managed to take Harris’s wallet and the pizza, then fled in a Chevy Tahoe and Harris gave chase, tracking them to a lumber mill and calling in cops. Harris let police know where the truck was going.
They managed to escape but left behind the Tahoe, which was registered to Lester Jones, a man who was later found dead in Georgia. Howard said crime scene investigators found blood inside the back of the truck, and the blood in the truck was Jones’.
Harris’ descriptions of his attackers helped police track down all four suspects.
Malik Mayer was charged with murder and financial transaction card fraud after allegedly using Jones’s card in an ATM on September 15.
Lawrence Hines was found in a Georgia mental institution and charged in relation to the murder later in the month; he is also accused of allegedly kidnapping and torturing a man in 2015.
A third person, a juvenile who cannot be identified, was also arrested in September.
And the fourth man, from Gary, Indiana, is expected to face charges in relation to Harris’s attack.
Napoleon Harris’ Photo: Facebook/SenatorNapoleonBHarrissIII