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Maryland running back Wes Brown's car linked to Baltimore shooting, document says

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Maryland football player Wes Brown’s car has been linked to a shooting in Baltimore, a city police detective says in a document that provides new details about the running back’s arrest last week.

The probable cause statement, filed in District Court here, says that Baltimore police detective Bradley Hood “stated that [Brown’s vehicle] was the vehicle that was involved in the shooting.”

Brown, one of the team’s top running backs as a freshman, was charged last week with second-degree assault on a Baltimore police detective who hoped to question him as a “person of interest” in the non-fatal shooting investigation from last month. Police said Brown shoved a detective when approached for questioning in College Park.

The probable cause statement appears to detail at least part of the reason Brown was wanted for questioning – his car.

The statement says Hood detected Brown’s vehicle in a rear parking lot at 7356 Baltimore Avenue last Wednesday night and blocked in the car with his umarked police vehicle while he waited for it to be towed.

Detectives then met with Brown in the parking lot.

“Detective Hood told Brown he would like to bring [him] back to his headquarters for questioning about the incident that occurred in Baltimore City,” the statement said. “Brown said ‘Why can’t you question me here?’ ”

Brown said he wanted at least one of his parents to accompany him, but Hood said he was 19 years old and didn’t need a parent with him, according to the statement, which was filed by University of Maryland police because it was within their jurisdiction.

When Brown refused to go along with the detectives, the officers moved in closer, prompting Brown to say: “What y’all doing?” the statement said.

“Brown then swung his left arm with a closed fist attempting to strike Detective Hood while turning around. Brown then shoved Detective Hood with both hands before fleeing on foot,” the statement said.

The document then describes a foot chase that led Brown, who was wearing a white T-shirt and black athletic shorts, around the Maryland campus. It said he initially refused to comply when ordered to lie on the ground when spotted between Commons 3 and Montgomery Hall.

Brown eventually did lay face down and was handcuffed.

He was also accused of stealing a cell phone and using it to record the officers without their permission.

According to the statement, Brown had approached two fellow Maryland students and asked if he could borrow a cell phone because his phone was dead. “Brown said he wanted it so he could record the police so they couldn’t frame him,” the statement said.

It said Brown "harassed" one of the students trying to get the phone and told him that the student "could hold on to his car keys and phone." The student "expected him to give [the phone] back" when Brown was done with it, the document said.

The document said Brown apparently used the voice recorder function for three minutes and 30 seconds.

The Baltimore Sun was attempting to reach Brown’s attorney. The police statement said Brown waived his Miranda rights during questioning. It said he admitted recording the interaction with detectives and that he “showed detectives that he shoved Detective Hood by demonstrating.”

Brown was suspended by the university last week. He was released on bond, according to online records. A hearing in Brown's case has been scheduled for July 31.

Brown rushed for 399 yards and a 4.2 average last season. He missed the last two games with a torn labrum (shoulder joint).

Brown, who attended Good Counsel in Olney, could not be reached through a contact number on one of the police documents.

Brown is from Baltimore, but for at least part of his high school career, he had been living with the family of Bernie and Connie Dancel. The commute to Good Counsel -- where Bernie served as an assistant coach -- was easier from the Dancels’ home in Ellicott City.

Brown’s Maryland teammates include defensive back Zach Dancel, Bernie’s and Connie’s son, who played quarterback for Good Counsel.

There was no answer at the Dancel’s home Monday.

Good Counsel has produced some of Maryland’s best players – including star receiver-returner Stefon Diggs and Mike Madaras, a starting offensive lineman last season.

Brown said last season that he and the excitable Diggs help keep each other composed when things aren't going right. “If he's mad, I calm him down. I treat him like he's my little brother," Brown said in 2012.

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