Maryland RB Wes Brown charged with assault, theft and wiretapping

By Tom Fornelli | College Football Writer

Brown rushed for 382 yards with the Terrapins last season
Brown rushed for 382 yards with the Terrapins last season. (USATSI)

Maryland running back Wes Brown was arrested on multiple charges Wednesday. According to multiple reports, Brown was charged with second-degree assault, theft less than $1,000 and wiretapping.

College Park police had been searching for Brown on Wednesday and when he was found he allegedly assaulted a police officer before running away. University of Maryland Police spokesman Aaron Davis said that the wiretapping charge is a result of Brown allegedly recording police officers without their consent.

Baltimore police say that Brown is a "person of interest" in a non-fatal shooting investigation.

Maryland released a statement about the arrest on Friday afternoon.

"We are extremely concerned that one of our student-athletes, Wes Brown, was arrested Wednesday evening," read the 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."

Brown was Maryland's second-leading rusher in 2012, rushing for 382 yards and two touchdowns. He is currently listed as the co-starter at running back for 2013, alongside Brandon Ross and Albert Reid.

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