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Former Patriots cornerback Brandon Browner arrested, reportedly charged with kidnapping

Brandon Browner.
Brandon Browner.La Verne Police Department

Former New England Patriots cornerback Brandon Browner was arrested on Sunday in California after allegedly breaking into a home and refusing to let the woman inside leave, police said.

The incident happened Sunday morning in La Verne, according to a press release from the La Verne police department. Browner was identified as the alleged intruder and charged with kidnapping, burglary, false imprisonment, and violation of a restraining order, according to an NBC Los Angeles report about the arrest.

Browner allegedly physically harmed and threatened to kill the woman after breaking in shortly after 10 a.m., police said. When she tried to flee, he allegedly forced her back inside, police said.

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The woman had a “previous relationship” with Browner, who had been arrested for domestic violence and is legally restrained from her, according to police.

The 33-year-old former NFL player also allegedly stole a Rolex watch valued at $20,000 before leaving the home.

Browner played for the Patriots for one season and was part of the 2015 Super Bowl-winning team. Browner was instrumental in Malcolm Butler’s last-minute interception, which sealed the win for the Patriots.

Then-Patriots cornerback Brandon Browner celebrated after New England won Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Ariz., in 2015.
Then-Patriots cornerback Brandon Browner celebrated after New England won Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Ariz., in 2015. David Goldman/AP

J.D. Capelouto can be reached at jd.capelouto@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jdcapelouto.