Taylor Reynolds was scheduled to graduate from the New Castle County Police Academy on Thursday night, but instead, he is facing charges that he beat, strangled and head-butted his girlfriend until she lost consciousness.
Reynolds, 25, of Newark, who had been wanted by police since Sunday, turned himself in late Wednesday night. On Thursday, he was released on $16,000 cash bond.
The alleged attack happened at the woman’s apartment in the Christina Mill complex on Elkton Road, according to police, who noted that Reynolds does not live at the apartment.
According to court documents made public Thursday, Reynolds began arguing with the 24-year-old victim late Saturday night after they put their 17-month-old child to bed and had a few drinks.
The altercation quickly became physical, with Reynolds hitting the victim’s face and body. As the victim screamed and banged on the walls in hopes of alerting a neighbor, Reynolds put both his hands around the victim’s neck and strangled her until she couldn’t breathe, court records allege.
Reynolds then head-butted the victim, causing her to lose consciousness, she told police. When she regained consciousness, he began beating her again.
When the attack finally stopped, the victim pretended to be asleep. Reynolds tried to rouse her and then climbed on top of her and had sex with her as she pretended to sleep, according to court documents.
Reynolds eventually fell asleep, and the victim snuck out of the apartment and called 911 around 1:30 a.m. Sunday, approximately four hours after the attack began.
Arriving officers found the woman suffering from a bruised lip, a gash above her right eye, bite marks on both her ears, bruises on her back and legs and marks around her neck. She told officers she was concerned for the baby, who was still in the apartment.
"Her first concern was for the 17-month-old baby, so officers went to check on the baby," Lt. Andrew Rubin said.
Officers heard Reynolds close the bedroom door when they called out his name.
“Believing the suspect barricaded himself and not immediately knowing if the baby was in the bedroom with him, officers did not immediately pursue him,” Detective William Anderson wrote in court documents.
As officers located the baby uninjured, Reynolds apparently escaped out a bedroom window.
The victim was taken to a hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
On Monday, police released Reynolds’ name and photo and asked the public for help locating him. Rubin said Reynolds arrived unannounced at the Newark Police station late Wednesday night to surrender to face charges of second-degree assault and strangulation.
If convicted, he could face up to 13 years in prison.
A New Castle County Police spokesman said Reynolds was put on administrative leave without pay pending the result of an internal investigation.
"Our primary concern is with the victim of this crime. Taylor Reynolds’ alleged actions contradict the values held by the New Castle County Police," Officer First Class Grigori Lopez-Garcia said Thursday. "Although Taylor Reynolds was employed as a recruit and was set to graduate tonight, this incident has halted that process."
Reynolds is well-known locally for his athletic career. He quarterbacked the Newark High football team that reached the state championship game in 2011 and then went on to play cornerback at James Madison University, where he majored in justice studies.
He signed with the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent in 2017 but did not make the final squad.