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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]
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