Terps RB Brown charged with theft, assault

Terps RB Brown charged with theft, assault
July 5, 2013, 5:00 pm
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(Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports)

Maryland's already murky backfield situation was thrown for a loop this week, as Wes Brown was arrested Wednesday on charges of second-degree assault, illegal wiretapping, and theft of less than $1,000.

Per a university release, he has been suspended and is prohibited from participating in any athletic activities, pending the ongoing investigation. 

Brown, listed on Maryland's depth chart as a co-starter at running back along with Albert Reid and Brandon Ross, was sought by both the College Park and Baltimore Police Departments, according to Maryland Police Department spokesman Sergeant Aaron Davis.

Police located Brown on Knox Road on Wednesday night; Brown then reportedly assaulted a police officer before fleeing.

The wiretapping charge, which is a felony, stems from Brown using his cell phone to record police officers without their knowledge. 

Davis, citing the ongoing investigation, declined to specify why Brown was initially wanted by police.

A rising sophomore and former four-star recruit, Brown rushed for 382 yards and two touchdowns on 90 carries last season as a true freshman.

The 6'1", 210 running back figured to carry a large share of Maryland's rushing duties this fall despite missing April's Red-White spring game with an injury.

UPDATE 5 July 2013, 5:34 p.m. 

According to Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post, Brown is a "person of interest" in an open investigation regarding a non-fatal shooting last month. Details will be added as they become available.