Delaware State Senator arrested in Wilmington
WILIMINGTON, Del. — Delaware State Police say they’ve arrested State Senator Darius J. Brown, of Wilmington, after an altercation occurred at a local restaurant over the weekend.
Police say troopers were called to the Taverna Rustic Italian Restaurant in Wilmington for a report of a domestic altercation Sunday. Upon arriving at the restaurant, troopers were contacted by a 44-year-old female victim who said she had been punched in the side of the face by Senator Brown after the two began arguing over a social media post.
When the troopers arrived at the restaurant, they were contacted by a 44-year-old female victim who said she had been punched in the side of the face by Mr. Brown after the two of them began arguing about a social media post.
After the alleged assault, Brown got up from the booth where they were seated and threw a glass of water, which broke into pieces. He then reportedly left the establishment before troopers arrived. The victim sustained some redness to the side of her face but did not need any medical attention.
Troopers from Troop 1 obtained warrants for Darius Brown’s arrest for Offensive Touching and Disorderly Conduct, which are both misdemeanors.
On Tuesday, the senator turned himself in and was arraigned on those charges. He was released on his own recognizance with a no contact order with the victim.
Delaware Senate President Pro Tempore Dave Sokola says the incident between Senator Brown and the women were “serious and in direct conflict with the values of the Delaware Senate Democratic Caucus.” He added that the “presumption of innocence is one of the most sacred principles in the American criminal justice system,” and that he would carefully consider whether or not formal action would be taken by the legislative body against Brown.