Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Former Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Elijah Dukes accused of hitting pregnant ex-girlfriend

TAMPA — Former Rays outfielder Elijah Dukes was arrested Wednesday and accused of hitting his pregnant ex-girlfriend.

Mountrail Mounshay Mack, 20, told deputies she and Dukes, 26, spent the past several days in motels. On Wednesday, deputies responded to the East Lake Inn Motel, 6539 E Hillsborough Ave., where Mack said Dukes slapped her several times in the face during an argument.

Dukes, a Tampa native who attended Hillsborough High and last played in the majors in 2009 for the Nationals, left the motel for his mother's house on Royal Banyan Drive. He was arrested there without incident, deputies said.

Dukes was also arrested on warrants for contempt of court and driving with a suspended license, according to jail records and deputies.

On Thursday morning, Dukes stood in an orange jail uniform at his first court appearance. The record for Dukes showed previous incidents of domestic violence dating to 1998 involving different victims.

Mack was not significantly injured, but the offense is a felony because she is five months pregnant. Public defender Whitney Scott said maybe Dukes didn't know she was pregnant, but prosecutor Pamela Dato said Mack was showing and had an ultrasound.

"Stay away from her," Circuit Judge Walter Heinrich said.

Heinrich set bail at $5,000 for the aggravated battery charge and no bond for the contempt of court charge, involving a divorce.

Past arrests for Dukes include contempt of court and failing to appear in a case where he owes an ex-wife child support and alimony.

In 2010, he owed three women a total of $143,000 in child support and alimony.

Former Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Elijah Dukes accused of hitting pregnant ex-girlfriend 03/03/11 [Last modified: Thursday, March 3, 2011 8:46pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Tiger Woods says medication, not alcohol, led to DUI arrest in Florida

    Public Safety

    Players arriving for a tournament this week at Muirfield Village might notice a framed picture of Tiger Woods with a resplendent smile and bright red shirt. He's posed there with the trophy, an image that embodies the excitement he once brought to golf.

    This image provided by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office on Monday, May 29, 2017, shows Tiger Woods. Police in Florida say Tiger Woods was been arrested for DUI.  [Palm Beach County Sheriff's office via AP]
  2. Manuel Noriega, Panamanian strongman toppled in U.S. invasion, dies at 83

    Obituaries

    Gen. Manuel Noriega, the Panamanian strongman and onetime American ally who was toppled from power in a 1989 U.S. invasion and who spent more than two decades imprisoned on drug dealing and conspiracy convictions, died late Monday. He was most likely 83.

    Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega waves to newsmen after a state council meeting, at the presidential palace in Panama City, where they announced the new president of the republic in 1989. Panama's ex-dictator Noriega died Monday, May 29, 2017, in a hospital in Panama City. He was 83. [Associated Press]
  3. Austin Mahone talks Pitbull, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, his pop evolution and more

    Blogs

    Austin Mahone has vivid memories from his childhood visits to see his grandparents in Tampa Bay.

  4. Motorcyclist killed in Pinellas Park crash, prompting road closures

    Accidents

    A motorcyclist was killed early Tuesday morning when he left the roadway and possibly struck a parked vehicle in Pinellas Park.

  5. Meet the five finalists for St. Petersburg College president

    College

    ST. PETERSBURG — In the last month, five finalists for the job of St. Petersburg College president have taken campus tours and answered questions from students, faculty and staff.

    The Douglas L. Jamerson, Jr., Midtown Center of St. Petersburg College, opened in 2015, is considered a major accomplishment by outgoing SPC president William Law. [SOPHIA NAHLI  ALLISON  |   TIMES]