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Updated: Maryland RB suspended after arrest for assault, theft

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Maryland’s second-leading rusher from 2012, Wes Brown, finds himself in some legal trouble that could affect his ability to play for the Terps this fall.

Per multiple outlets and citing the College Park Police Department, Brown has been arrested and charged with second-degree assault of a police officer*, theft of under $1,000, and illegal use of wiretapping. A preliminary hearing for Brown has been scheduled for July 31.

(*He swung and missed. No joke.), which to our knowledge was the first site to have the story, reports the following:

University of Maryland police spokesperson Sgt. Aaron Davis said College Park police received a call from the Baltimore Police Department, asking for help in locating Brown. Davis said they found Brown Wednesday night on Knox Road, and said Brown assaulted a police officer before running away. Davis also said the wiretapping charge came from recording police officers with his cell phone without their knowledge. Davis declined to comment on why the Baltimore Police Department wanted Brown, saying that it is an open investigation.

Jeff Barker of the Baltimore Sun adds that Brown is a person of interest for the Baltimore police in a non-fatal shooting investigation. Details of that shooting as well as Brown’s possible involvement, are unknown. What is known is that Brown has been suspended by Maryland for the time being. Brown was originally being held on $7,500 bond, which has since been lowered to $2,500,

“We are extremely concerned that one of our student-athletes, Wes Brown, was arrested Wednesday evening. This is a matter that we take very seriously. We have been in contact with the local authorities and will continue to cooperate throughout the entire process,” the statement from UM reads. “The University of Maryland has suspended Brown, and he is not permitted to participate in any athletic-related activities. Since this is a pending investigation, we will refrain from having any further comment at this time.”

The Sun adds that Brown is facing an “unlawful interception of an oral conversation” using a stolen cell phone — a possible update from the wiretapping charge Brown was reportedly facing earlier.

Brown was the second-leading rusher on the Terps last season, finishing with 90 carries for 382 yards and two touchdowns.

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12 Responses to “Updated: Maryland RB suspended after arrest for assault, theft”
  1. atxcane says: Jul 5, 2013 5:39 PM


    Videotaping a public servant, in public, doing their job is *not* wiretapping!

  2. thegamecocker says: Jul 5, 2013 6:19 PM

    Here is a person of interest in a shooting getting tough with the police. What part of stupid is this guy? If you are not guilty of anything, why run? Why start fighting with the police? Another thug amongst another college football team. Another kid that probably should not be around any college campus. When oh when will colleges learn that it just isn’t worth it to take non-college qualified punks.

  3. classyjacklambert says: Jul 5, 2013 7:13 PM

    There are a lot of reasons not to trust police officers. They are just human like the rest of us and some are good and some are bad. Some are really bad. The normal police officer’s job is to arrest the most likely suspect and let the attorneys figure out whether or not they are guilty, and unless you have a decent attorney yourself, usually you get some kind of penalty regardless of whether or not they actually did it. For instance, this guy has already had his name besmirched by the bad public press which I am sure he did not want.

  4. barbeaux says: Jul 5, 2013 7:59 PM

    I’m getting tired of cops arresting people that are video taping their police business. It adds transparency I say. As heavily armed as cops are these days (they’re almost as militarized as the military) I don’t buy the “we felt threatened or scared” argument either.

  5. wustlumdnj says: Jul 5, 2013 8:13 PM

    “Illegal wiretapping”. Ridiculous

  6. seanb20124 says: Jul 5, 2013 8:31 PM

    Washington Post had good story on him about a year ago about how he put all his Baltimore trouble behind him.

  7. rayray52 says: Jul 5, 2013 8:45 PM

    Personally knowing Wes and being friends with him, he may not be the most intelligent kid in the world but I find it hard to believe him being involved in a shooting

  8. ecupatsfan12 says: Jul 6, 2013 12:49 AM

    I went to HS with him. Not the smartest bulb in the pack but I was amiable with him. Cant see him shooting someone but you cant really trust anyone these days.

  9. thegamecocker says: Jul 6, 2013 10:14 AM

    Based on reading posts from folks who know Wes Brown, he probably should not have qualified for a grant-in-aid scholly from ANY university. I guess the article in the Baltimoe-Sun where Brown claims to “put all his PAST TROUBLES” behind him, were wishful thinking on his part. Once a punk, always a punk.

  10. larrydavid7000 says: Jul 6, 2013 12:01 PM

    I see him as a future Cleveland ravens player. just saying.

  11. cbass59 says: Jul 6, 2013 10:17 PM

    It’s obviously Urban Meyer’s fault.

  12. eldervalve says: Jul 7, 2013 12:47 AM

    Where does it say anywhere that it was videotaping???

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