MLB: No Charges In Fan Incident With Reds SP Mat Latos' Wife

No charges were filed or arrests made in the fan incident regarding Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Mat Latos' wife, Dallas Latos, during the Wild Card game at PNC Park in Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

Oct 2 2013, 6:54pm CDT | by

MLB: No Charges In Fan Incident With Reds SP Mat Latos' Wife
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No charges were filed or arrests made in the fan incident involving the wife of Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Mat Latos in Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

According to Liz Navratil of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Dallas Latos was with two women who were among seven people authorities wanted to eject from PNC Park during the Reds' Wild Card game against the Pittsburgh Pirates

The seven individuals were part of a bigger group comprised of 20 to 30 Reds and Pirates fans who yelled at and threatened each other with violence at PNC Park's Budweiser Bowtie Bar in right field at 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 1.  

Ms. Latos told police that a woman punched her two or three times in the head and neck area, per Pittsburgh police Sgt. John Fisher. 

The Cincinnati Enquirer reported on Oct. 2 that Ms. Latos "had no noticeable injuries and did not say she had been injured." 

Navratil provides more details in her report:

"Because officers did not witness the fight, they treated the matter as a 'he said/she said,' the sergeant said.

"He (Fisher) said police identified the woman they suspect punched Ms. Latos but did not arrest her because they did not witness the fight and, even if they did, it's likely it would have only risen to the level of a harrassment or simple assault charge, for which they would have sent the woman a summons.

"Instead, he said, police passed that woman's name along to Ms. Latos and told her she could file a private complaint with a judge if she wished."

The report from Cincinnati confirms that Ms. Latos' two female companions and five Pirates fans were escorted by authorites out of PNC Park. 

Fisher also affirmed that everyone involved in the incident was intoxicated and that Ms. Latos' group left their area reserved for players' wives before the argument ensued.

Reds spokesman Rob Butcher says the team already reached out to the Pirates regarding the matter and that they will have no further comment.  

His counterpart, Pirates spokesman Brian Warecki, assured the public that fan safety is a "top priority" and that the issue was turned over to police after stadium security workers were unable to control the situation.

Ms. Latos' husband, Mat Latos, sat out the game for the Reds due to a sore elbow.

Cincinnati was eliminated when it lost 6-2 to Pittsburgh, which will advance to the 2013 NLDS against the St. Louis Cardinals. 

 
 
 


Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.

 

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