Browns Rookie Charged with Attempted Murder
PASSAIC CO., New Jersey — The Cleveland Browns have quickly released rookie linebacker Ausar Walcott after he was charged with attempted murder in New Jersey.
Passaic County Assistant Prosecutor Salvatore Bellomo confirmed Walcott faces one count each of attempted murder, aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of an injured victim.
According to jail records, Walcott, 23, was issued $500,000 bond in the case.
He turned himself in and was arrested Tuesday. He’ll appear in court Thursday morning.
Fox 8′s John Telich learned Walcott was identified as a suspect in an incident that happened around 3 a.m. Sunday, when Walcott allegedly punched Derrick Jones in the head just after The Palace Gentlemen’s Club closed.
Police said Jones, 24, who is from New York City, is in critical condition.
According to the Cleveland Browns’ website, Walcott was a four-year letterman at the University of Virginia. He’s a native of Hackensack, New Jersey.
A statement released on behalf of the Cleveland Browns Wednesday states:
“We are aware of the situation. This is a pending legal matter and we will not comment.”
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(Fox 8′s John Telich contributed to this report.)