Today (Oct. 25), NBC Chicago reported that Sergio Brown was formally charged with first-degree murder and concealment of a dead body in connection to the death of his mother, Myrtle Brown. As REVOLT previously reported, the former NFL safely was taken into custody by United States law enforcement in San Diego after being deported from Mexico earlier this month. He was then extradited to Illinois for an appearance in a Maywood court this morning.
“We are… heartened by the news that Sergio Brown has been apprehended and returned to the United States unharmed,” read a statement provided by his relatives through an attorney. “Our family is prayerful that, as the investigation progresses, more answers will become available, shedding light on the circumstances surrounding this heartbreaking incident.”
Days after being apprehended, a video surfaced on social media that showed Sergio fighting with Mexican authorities while in route to his home country. As seen in the clip, he went into a bizarre rant about being kidnapped as other passengers looked on.
“I’m free. I have my passport. Why are they grabbing me?” the 35-year-old yelled. “I’m from Chicago, my flight was Colombia. Why am I going to Tijuana? This is a kidnapping. Thank you for participating… Let me go! Cameras please!”
Back in September, Cook County, Illinois officials revealed that they found Myrtle’s badly beaten body next to a creek near her suburban residence, which is approximately 15 miles from Downtown Chicago. As confirmed by the area’s medical examiner’s office, the 73-year-old sustained injuries from a physical assault. The Maywood Police Department subsequently opened a missing persons inquiry and a homicide investigation. “My brother Sergio is still missing. If anyone knows where he is, I want him to know that I love you, and please come home,” said Sergio’s brother, Nick Brown, at the time.