WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Maryland Terrapins running back Wes Brown was arrested on charges of second-degree assault, theft under $1,000, and illegal use of wiretapping on Wednesday, Baltimore Police confirmed.
Police were attempting to question Brown as a person of interest in the investigation of a non-fatal shooting, police say, when the sophomore assaulted the officer and ran away. They say Brown was recording his conversation with the officer on a cellphone in his pocket, without the officer’s knowledge – a felony in the state of Maryland.
University of Maryland Police say the cell phone Brown used to record the officer was stolen.
Maryland Athletics has suspended Brown and made the following statement:
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 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.
Brown was the Terps’ second-leading rushier in 2012, running for 382 yards and two touchdowns on 90 carries.
He has been released on $2,500 bond.