A man now wanted on assault and strangulation charges by Newark Police was just days away from getting his gun and badge as a current recruit in the New Castle Police Academy.
Taylor Reynolds, 25, of Newark was due to graduate from the police academy Thursday, New Castle County Police confirmed to WDEL.
"He’s in the final phases, and we’re working with Newark Police Department with any of their requests as far as anything investigative," said Officer First Class Grigori Lopez-Garcia.
Lopez-Garcia confirmed Reynolds has not been issued a departmental weapon.
"I can't speculate whether he's armed or unarmed, but he's not been assigned a departmental-issued weapon," said Lopez-Garcia.
Reynolds is accused of getting into a fight with a 24-year-old female acquaintance in the early morning hours on Sunday, July 7, 2019, at an apartment on the 300 block of Christina Mill Drive.
Police said the victim, who freed herself from her alleged attacker, fled the apartment and called police. Reynolds had fled the scene by the time officers arrived and remains on the loose.
The woman was treated and released from the hospital.
Reynolds previously worked for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Police Athletic League of Delaware, according to his Facebook profile.
He was also 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.
Anyone with information regarding Reynolds' whereabouts is urged to contact Newark Police at 302.366.7111 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333.