Taylor Reynolds

A former football star and New Castle County Police officer wanted on assault charges, who'd been on the lam since Sunday, has turned himself in to authorities.

Taylor Reynolds, 25, was safely located and turned himself in to Newark Police late Wednesday evening, according to police. 

Reynolds was wanted on assault and strangulation charges in connection with an incident involving a female acquaintance on, July 7, 2019 at an apartment complex on the 300 block of Christina Mill Drive.  

Reynolds was set to graduate from the New Castle County Police Academy Thursday.

"Although Taylor Reynolds was employed as a recruit and was set to graduate this week, this incident has halted this process," said Officer First Class Grigori Lopez-Garcia.

But WDEL learned, despite not graduating, Reynolds was sworn in as an officer a week prior, along with approximately 30 other cadets, who were part of the academy.  

"This is a regular procedure," confirmed Lopez-Garcia. "We don’t authorize them to take any police action, nor are they issued any of their official credentials, and they’re also not issued a firearm until graduation."

When asked about Reynolds' future on the police force, Lopez-Garcia called it a "personnel issue." He referred further comment to New Castle County government.  Spokesman Jason Miller clarified Reynolds does not have his Council on Police Training (COPT) certification, but didn't respond to questions about Reynolds' future as a county government employee. 

Reynolds was a star Newark High School quarterback and an All-American cornerback at James Madison University. He went on to sign as a rookie free agent with the Atlanta Falcons, but was released without playing a regular season game in July 2017.

Reynolds was being processed late Wednesday night and was freed from Newark Police custody after posting $16,000 cash bail.

Thursday, New Castle County Police issued a statement saying Reynolds' alleged actions contradict the department's values, and that he's been placed on administrative leave without pay pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

Reynolds was set to graduate from the police academy Thursday night, but the department says the alleged assault has "halted that process," and that their primary concern is for the victim.