A grand jury indicted a former local football star and recently sworn-in New Castle County Police officer in connection with a violent assault on his then-girlfriend, during which court records said she lost consciousness.
Taylor W. Reynolds, 25, was indicted in late October on two counts of second-degree assault, strangulation, reckless endangering, unlawful imprisonment, and resisting arrest.
Reynolds was wanted by Newark Police on July 7, 2019, and on the lam for three days before turning himself in to authorities in connection with the assault at an apartment on the 300 block of Christina Mill Drive.
WDEL was first to report Reynolds had already been sworn in as a county officer, days ahead of his official graduation from the New Castle County Police Academy. His graduation was scheduled within a few days of the alleged assault.
The Newark High School quarterback and All-American cornerback at James Madison University is accused of strangling the victim, biting her, head-butting her, and knocking her unconscious, all while their 17-month-old child slept in the room next door, according to court records obtained by WDEL.
Despite being officially sworn in as a officer, county police confirmed Reynolds never received his gun or badge.
"This is a regular procedure," Officer First Class Grigori Lopez-Garcia confirmed at the time. "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."
Reynolds' future on the police force was called a "personnel issue."
He's due in court for arraignment November 22, 2019.