Suspect in murder of former NFL player in Berks County captured in New York

Mar. 6—A suspect in the 2022 fatal shooting of a former professional football player outside of a motel and nightclub in Muhlenberg was taken into custody Tuesday in Brooklyn, New York, according to Berks County detectives.

Jose Daniel Pizarro, 26, was apprehended inside an apartment building in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, detectives said in a press release Wednesday.

Pizarro was identified as a suspect in October 2022 for the fatal shooting of Antonio Dennard, 32, and an arrest warrant was issued for homicide and related charges.

Dennard, of Shillington, was fatally shot in the parking lot of the Rodeway Inn and Legends Bar & Grill at 2545 N. Fifth St. Highway, police said.

Dennard, born in Chicago, played football at Langston University in Oklahoma and was signed as a cornerback to the practice squads in the 2012-14 seasons for three NFL teams — the Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Giants and Green Bay Packers.

Dennard was pronounced dead by a Reading Hospital trauma surgeon shortly after arriving at the hospital's emergency room about 3:15 a.m. on Oct. 16.

The arrest was handled by the United States Marshall's fugitive task force and members of the New York City Police Department.

Pizarro was taken to the NYPD's 120th Precinct where he was processed and is awaiting arraignment.

Extradition proceedings have begun to have Pizarro returned to Pennsylvania.