Pittsburgh police said Wednesday they don't plan to charge anyone in connection with a large scuffle at PNC Park Tuesday that included the wife of a Cincinnati Reds pitcher -- but those involved could still file a private complaint with a judge if they wish.
News of the fracas spread late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning after people drew attention to the Twitter account of Dallas Latos, wife of Reds pitcher Mat Latos. Messages posted on her account indicated that someone had grabbed Ms. Latos' hair, pulled her to the ground and then punched her multiple times.
Pittsburgh police Sgt. John Fisher said park security guards went to the Budweiser Bowtie Bar in right field about 9:30 p.m. for a report of a fight between Pirates and Reds fans. When police officers arrived to provide assistance, they found 20 to 30 people who were screaming, cursing and threatening people with violence.
No arrests made in fight involving Reds pitcher's wife
Dallas Latos, wife of Cincinnati Reds pitcher Mat Latos, alleged she was assaulted after last night's game at PNC Park. Police, however, have declined to make arrests in the case. (Video by Nate Guidry; 10/2/2013)
Police identified seven people they wanted to eject from the ballpark, including two women who were with Ms. Latos.
Ms. Latos told officers she was assaulted and they took her to the security office, where she told police a woman punched her two or three times in the head and neck, Sgt. Fisher said. He said Ms. Latos did not have noticeable injuries and declined the officers' offer to have medics evaluate her.
Sgt. Fisher said police identified everyone involved in the altercation and passed along information to people involved, in case they would like to file a complaint with a local magistrate.
"It's a he said/she said type of situation," the sergeant said.
If officers had witnessed the altercation between Ms. Latos and the other woman -- who police did not identify -- the charges likely would have only risen to the level of harassment or simple assault, for which police would have sent the woman a summons rather than arresting her at the scene, the sergeant said.
"All members that were there appear to have been drinking and intoxicated to one level or another," he said, referring to everyone involved in the fight. "I think this was overzealous fans and banter back and forth. ... We will now consider the case closed."
After discussing the incident involving Ms. Latos, police also warned residents of the dangers of jumping off Pittsburgh bridges. Police received a report that a man stripped down to his underwear after the game and jumped off the Roberto Clemente Bridge into the river. He surfaced and swam to shore. Sgt. Fisher said police will charge anyone who they spot doing that.
Liz Navratil: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1438. Twitter: @LizNavratil. First Published October 2, 2013 4:15 AM