By Zac Ellis
Maryland's running back depth might have taken a hit. Sophomore tailback Wes Brown was arrested Wednesday on charges of second-degree assault, theft under $1,000 and illegal use of wiretapping, according to a report by TestudoTimes.com.
Brown has a preliminary hearing scheduled for July 31. The report states that Brown's charges stem from an incident involving a police officer.
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.
The Terps' second-leading rusher last season, Brown tallied 382 yards and two touchdowns on 90 carries in 2012. Along with Brandon Ross and Albert Reid, Brown exited spring practice listed as the co-starter at running back.
In a statement, the school confirmed it is aware of the incident and has suspended Brown.
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."
According to Jeff Barker of the Baltimore Sun, Brown is also connected to a non-fatal shooting in the area.