An Amber Alert issued in Illinois at 11:45 p.m. Eastern time Thursday night named a Marcus Randle-El as the suspect in the kidnapping of his own three-year-old daughter. Local media reports that's the same Marcus Randle-El who played wide receiver at Wisconsin and is the brother of former Steelers player Antwaan Randle-El. Here's the full text of the Amber Alert:
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED CHILD ABDUCTION EMERGENCY ILLINOIS STATE POLICE SPRINGFIELD IL RELAYED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LINCOLN IL 1044 PM CST THU JAN 23 2014
...CHILD ABDUCTION EMERGENCY AT THE REQUEST OF THE LANSING ILLINOIS POLICE DEPARTMENT...
AT THE REQUEST OF THE LANSING ILLINOIS POLICE DEPARTMENT...THE ILLINOIS EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM IS ACTIVATED FOR AN AMBER ALERT.
THE LANSING POLICE HAVE A CONFIRMED CHILD ABDUCTION THAT OCCURED AT 2136 175TH STREET...APARTMENT 3 AROUND 8:17 PM THIS THURSDAY EVENING.
SANIYA D RANDLE-EL IS AN AFRICAN AMERICAN 3 YEAR OLD FEMALE WHO IS 3 FEET TALL...41 POUNDS...BLACK BRAIDED HAIR IN A PONYTAIL WITH A GREEN HAIRBOW AND BROWN EYES. SHE IS WEARING A LIGHT BLUE SHORT SLEEVE UNIFORM SHIRT AND A NAVY BLUE JUMPER WITH NO SHOES OR COAT.
SANIYA WAS ADBUCTED BY HER NON CUSTODIAL FATHER...MARCUS RANDLE-EL...MALE...AFRICAN AMERICAN 27 YEARS OLD...5 FEET 10 INCHES TALL...185 POUNDS...BALD WITH DARK BROWN EYES...AND WEARING A BLACK HOODIE UNDERNEATH A REDSKIN JACKET AND BLACK PANTS...AND IS ARMED WITH A PISTOL.
THERE IS NO VEHICLE INFORMATION AT THIS TIME.
ANYONE WITH INFORMATION SHOULD CALL 911 AND ADVISE THEY HAVE AN AMBER ALERT REPORT THIS CONCLUDES THIS AMBER ALERT ISSUED BY THE ILLINOIS STATE POLICE.
The physical description & age of Randle-El matches the Marcus who played for Wisconsin from 2004-2007 before quitting due to knee injuries, and WIFR in Rockford is confirming the suspect is the same man who appeared in a total of 22 games for the Badgers. Marcus Randle-El was arrested twice in 2005 on charges of disorderly conduct and battery.
Photo credit: AP/Andy Manis
Update (12:52 a.m.): Randle-El's college roommate (and former Badgers LB) Jaevery McFadden chimes in:
Update (9:18 a.m.): The Amber Alert has been canceled.