Cappie Pondexter found safe after going missing following release from jail

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Cappie Pondexter has been found and is safe.

It ends a bizarre series of events during which the former WNBA Finals MVP was reported as a missing person, found to have been arrested without identifying herself to police and then went missing again after being released from a Los Angeles jail, according to multiple reports. She was eventually located Thursday night and is getting the help she needs from family and friends, according to The Athletic.

“We have located Cappie Pondexter and she is now safe,” her representative Charles Walton tweeted. “We want to thank everyone who helped us get the word out and who sent love and prayers. The power of the Lord is real. Please respect Cappie and her families privacy during this time.”

Pondexter, a former Liberty and Rutgers star, was taken into custody on a misdemeanor battery charge and booked as “Jane Doe” after refusing to identify herself to police, a spokesman for the LAPD told TMZ. A friend of Pondexter told The Athletic earlier Thursday that the guard is “not in the best mental state.”

LAPD Officer Mike Chan confirmed Pondexter’s arrest for battery and release from jail, but declined to provide information about the incident.

The Athletic reported before the 37-year-old Pondexter’s arrest becoming public that she had not been heard from for days and left her cell phone and wallet at her home. She had been scheduled to appear in court Thursday for a bench warrant hearing stemming from her arrest in November 2019 for public intoxication, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. It has been moved to Friday.

Pondexter played 13 seasons in the WNBA, including five with the Liberty from 2010-2014. The seven-time All-Star averaged 16.4 points and 3.8 assists for her career, which includes two WNBA titles with the Mercury. She last played in the league in 2018.

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