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OT Albert arrested on felony charge in jewelry store fracas
| 4 months ago

Former Pro Bowl offensive lineman Branden Albert was arrested this week at a jewelry store after smashing a cabinet, tackling an officer and attempting to leave the area after being tased, multiple media outlets reported Friday.

He was charged with criminal damage to property, which is a felony, and willful obstruction of law enforcement officers, which is a misdemeanor, USA Today reported based on online jail records.

The 33-year-old Albert was in a jail in Fulton County, Ga., as of Friday morning.

The incident occurred on Wednesday in Atlanta. A copy of the Atlanta Police Department's incident report obtained by USA TODAY Sports stated that Albert walked to an area of the store where customers are not allowed. The owner of the store asked Albert to leave, but he did not and punched a hole in a jewelry cabinet.

He was then confronted by law enforcement. Two of Albert's friends offered to pay for the damage, but Albert said he had not stolen anything and needed to leave.

He then threatened to kill the store owner.

When Albert tried to leave, he was tased by an officer, causing Albert to fall to the ground. Albert then got up, and tried to leave again. When an officer chased after him, Albert tackled him.

Additional officers were called in to get Albert under control, according to the report.

At the police station, Albert apologized but insisted he had done nothing wrong.

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