Report: Ex-Ray Aybar arrested on domestic abuse charge
Former Rays INF Willy Aybar was arrested at a hotel near Seattle Sunday on charges that he hit his wife, KIRO-TV reported.
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Aybar had signed with Edmonton in the independent North American League.
According to reports out of the Dominican Republic, he was jailed during the off-season after being arrested on domestic abuse charges there.
Here are some details from the KIRO report:
According to a King County Sheriff’s Office incident report, police responded to a call from hotel staff about a fight and injury in one of the rooms.
Police arrived to find an “extremely intoxicated” Aybar at the hotel’s front entrance who told officers he got into a fight with his “baby mama” and “everything was fine,” the report said.
According to the report, the woman said she and Aybar had been married for three years, but Aybar referred to her as his "baby mama." Aybar agreed to go up to the room to make sure his wife was OK, police said.
Once in the room, police found drops of blood around the bathroom and blood-soaked rags in the trash, the report said. The victim was crying and holding a bloody towel to her face and had a cut lip and an abrasion on her forehead and cheek, police documents said.
Aybar’s wife, who did not speak English, told a Spanish-speaking officer that Aybar bit her cheek while they were fighting over holding their son, 13-month-old Willy Jr., the report said. She would not explain how she received the other injuries, police said.
When asked if he bit his wife, Aybar told police, “she bit me first,” the report said.
Aybar was booked into the King County Jail where he remained until pleading not guilty to charges of fourth degree assault domestic violence on Wednesday. The city prosecutor in SeaTac told KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reporter Graham Johnson that she asked that Aybar be held on $2,500 bail and made mention of Aybar’s history of domestic violence, but Aybar was released on his own recognizance and ordered to have no contact with his wife.
Aybar's attorney told Johnson prosecutors could not present a "record per sea" of Aybar's convictions. Aybar told officers he was on his way to Canada to try out for a minor league team. Aybar has a home address of St Petersburg, FL., where he lives with his wife and son.