PGPD officer suspended after assault charge in D.C.

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WJLA) - A Prince George's County police officer has been suspended after being arrested and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon outside the Howard Theater in D.C., authorities confirmed Friday.

Cpl. Michael Brown, a 12-year veteran assigned to the aviation unit, was arrested Thursday night while he was off duty.

According to the arrest report, Brown was among two men who got into an argument with valets outside the theater about 10:30 p.m. The argument quickly escalated and one of the two men punched the valet manager in the chest and knocked him to the ground, while the other man punched a valet in the back of the head.

The report said both men then went to their cars before returning with weapons and confronting a group of workers; Brown allegedly pointed his off-duty handgun at the group while the other man raised a tire iron in a menacing fashion at the workers. The pair were arrested at the scene.

PGPD Chief Mark Magaw said Friday that he had suspended Brown without pay pending an administrative hearing.

“When one of our officers is accused of wrongdoing, we take those allegations seriously," Magaw said. "The Prince George’s County Police Department holds our officers to high standards whether they are on or off duty. That’s a commitment we have made and will keep to our community.”

Brown is scheduled to return to court in D.C. on July 23.