Prosecutors drop charges against Maryland RB Wes Brown


(Associated Press)

Maryland running back Wes Brown has been cleared of all charges stemming from an incident with Baltimore police on the outskirts of campus early this month, according to the Prince George’s County attorney general’s Twitter account. The news was confirmed by the Associated Press.

Brown was arrested the night of July 4 and charged with second-degree assault, theft and wiretapping. The incident occurred as he was being questioned by a Baltimore police detective as a person of interest in a non-fatal shooting that occurred last month in Baltimore.

During the questioning, Brown was said to have swung at the Baltimore detective — missing him — then shoved him with two hands and fled on foot. The rising sophomore was eventually tracked down, about a quarter of a mile away, and ordered to the ground. Brown complied.

The wiretapping charge came because police said Brown secretly recorded audio of his conversation with police on an allegedly borrowed cellphone hidden in his pocket, considered “unlawful interception of oral communication,” according to a UMPD spokesman.

Because Brown also fled on foot, carrying the cellphone with him, he was charged with theft of the device.

A Prince George’s county spokesman told the Associated Press that “the evidence shows Brown never actually recorded the conversation and that the phone wasn’t technically stolen because he gave the owner collateral. Erzen said prosecutors believe Brown was resisting an unlawful arrest rather than assaulting an officer.”

A Baltimore police spokesman told the AP that Brown remains a person of interest in the non-fatal shooting.

A voicemail left with Maryland Coach Randy Edsall had yet to be returned as of early Monday evening. After the arrest, Brown was suspended from the university, including all football-related activities.

Update: 6:45 p.m.: According to an athletics spokesman, Brown’s status with the school remains unchanged. After the arrest, he was indefinitely suspended from the university, including all football-related activies.

Alex Prewitt covers the Washington Capitals. Follow him on Twitter @alex_prewitt or email him at alex.prewitt@washpost.com.
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