According to Maryland case records and confirmed by the Terps football team, rising Terrapins sophomore running back Wes Brown was arrested the day before the Fourth of July has been charged with second-degree assault, theft and wiretapping.
The football team issued a statement regarding Brown’s arrest on Friday. From the The Washington Post.
“We are extremely concerned that one of our student-athletes, Wes Brown, was arrested Wednesday evening,” the football team said in a statement. “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.”
A preliminary hearing for Brown is scheduled for July 31 at 8:45 a.m. after he had, allegedly, first assaulted an officer, then fled on foot and then attempted to record the conversation of two policemen on his cell phone.
That is where the “wiretapping” charge stems from. USA Today’s Paul Myerberg, wiretapping merely means an “unlawful interception of an oral communication.”
Brown is currently suspended per the statement above, but fans have yet to see him play since the middle of the 2012 season anyways. After compiling 382 yards and two touchdowns on 90 carries, Brown was forced to sit out the final four games of his true freshman year nursing an ankle injury.
He since sat out Maryland’s entire spring recovering from a torn labrum.
We will have more details on this developing story as they become available.