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.)
TestudoTimes.com, 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.