By Ryan Velez
Four men looking to rob a pizza deliveryman were shocked when their intended victim turned out to be a State Senator, who was also a former NFL linebacker. The Grio reports that State Sen. Napoleon Harris (D-Harvey), who also owns two Beggars Pizza restaurants in Oak Forest and Harvey, decided to give his “overwhelmed” delivery crew a break for one night, says spokesperson Sean Howard.
However, when Harris made a delivery to a home in Harvey, he was jumped by four men when he arrived. The house was in actuality, vacant and up for sale. Howard is quick to point out, though, that “this wasn’t the average 5-foot-9 delivery guy.” The 34-year-old Harris is 6’3, 250 pounds, and a former linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings, Kansas City Chiefs, and Oakland Raiders.
“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,” Howard said. “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.”
Harris chased after the men when they ran from him, using 911 to report their position to police while following them in his car from a distance. While the attackers would end up abandoning their Chevy Tahoe, crime scene investigators were able to find blood in the back of the truck. The truck was registered to a man who had been reported missing in Fulton County, Georgia, and later found dead. The blood in the truck would later be determined to be his.
Harris’s description and evidence the police already had were used to arrest three of the suspects who attacked Harris in the possible murder. Two were arrested in Georgia as they got off a Megabus from Chicago, and one was arrested at a mental institution he checked himself into, also in Georgia. The fourth attacker, believed to be from Gary, Indiana, is not believed to be involved in the possible murder, and has not yet been charged. He was held for 72 hours before being released, and charges from the attack are expected against him.