A distraught female fan seeking a relationship with Roberto Alomar went to the SkyDome with a loaded pistol Sunday intent on killing the Blue Jays second baseman, police said.
Tricia Miller, 31, a factory worker from Port Hope, Ontario, was arrested at the SkyDome hotel, which overlooks the field, while Alomar was playing. He was removed in the ninth against Baltimore because police wanted to speak to him immediately.
"She came to Toronto with the sole purpose of murdering Mr. Alomar and then killing herself with the revolver," detective Reg Pitts said. "The gun was fully loaded and cocked and ready to be fired."
Pitts said Miller met Alomar once but had no relationship with him. She tried to phone Alomar over the weekend and left a message on his answering machine, but there was never a face-to-face meeting.
"She was frustrated with her attempts to develop a relationship with him," Pitts said.
Miller arrived at the hotel at 2 p.m. acting despondent and asked hotel security for medical assistance. Guards found the .22-caliber Smith and Wesson revolver in her purse and called police.
"She never brandished the gun. She probably would have walked away with the gun had she not given (the security guards) the bag," Pitts said.
Police took Alomar to his room at the SkyDome hotel, where they found a box left by the woman. It contained several hundred plastic-encased baseball cards, a gold chain with Alomar's No. 12 and a letter to Alomar, the contents of which were not revealed.
"I've got threats before," said Alomar, a 27-year-old Puerto Rican who is a fan favorite in Toronto. "Letters, dead flowers.
"I'm not scared. When it's time for you to die, you die, no matter what."
Miller was charged with threatening death, weapons violations and possession of stolen property. A bail hearing was set for today.