Report: Witness alerted police to altercation that led to Urías' arrest

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Friday, September 8, 2023

LOS ANGELES --Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Julio Urías was arrested after someone saw a physical altercation between a man and a woman outside an MLS stadium and contacted police, according to the arrest report released Thursday.

The report by the Department of Public Safety provided details on Urías' arrest late Sunday on South Hoover Street outside BMO Stadium in Exposition Park, south of downtown Los Angeles.

The report said DPS officers were patrolling outside the stadium after the Inter Miami vs. LAFC soccer match in which Lionel Messi played in front of numerous celebrities. They were contacted by someone, whose name was not publicly identified, regarding a physical altercation between a man and a woman.

The report said DPS officers talked to the individuals involved and determined a physical altercation occurred. The investigation resulted in Urías' arrest on suspicion of corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant.

Additionally, DPS assistant chief Chris Carr told ESPN's Paula Lavigne that a civilian captured the incident on a cell phone, and that video is now in the possession of law enforcement.

Urías posted $50,000 bail and was released early Monday. He is due in court on Sept. 27.

DPS is handling the investigation and is asking for any other witnesses with information to contact it.

Urías was placed on administrative leave indefinitely by Major League Baseball on Wednesday.

The leave was imposed under baseball's joint domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy adopted by MLB and the players' association in 2015 and can be the first step toward a suspension. Players are paid but cannot play while on leave.

MLB and the union agreed to the leave, which did not specify a length. Absent an agreement, MLB could have imposed a leave of up to seven days with the possibility of a seven-day extension.

Urías, a 27-year-old pitcher, was arrested in May 2019 for domestic battery. He was suspended 20 games by MLB, but he wasn't prosecuted by the Los Angeles city attorney on the condition he complete a 52-week domestic violence counseling program. No player has been suspended twice under MLB's joint domestic violence policy.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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