Monday, January 13, 2014

Wladimir Balentien arrested on domestic violence charges


Former Major League Baseball player Wladimir Balentien, who is also known for smashing 60 home runs to set a Japanese single-season record last season, was arrested in Florida on domestic violence charges Monday.

According to Yahoo! Sports, court records show the 29-year-old is facing a felony false imprisonment charge and a misdemeanor battery charge in a weekend confrontation with his wife. An attorney for Balientien's wife says the two are going through a nasty divorce after being married for nearly six years.

Anyways, here is an account of what allegedly happened:

According to a police affidavit, Karla Balentien refused to answer the door or her phone when Wladimir Balentien arrived at the house Sunday. Wladimir Balentien then pulled out several window screens and climbed into the house through a dining room window.

Balentien grabbed his wife's arm as she was running upstairs, police said, and then followed her into a bedroom and locked the door. The couple's young daughter was also there.

A witness called police and Balentien was taken into custody, according to the affidavit.

Balentien was expected to have a bail hearing later in the day, but remained in custody as of Monday evening, according to jail records, cited by the AP.

Balentien made headlines in 2013 when he broke Sadaharu Oh's longstanding single-season home run record of 55. The Curacao native previously served stints with the Reds and Mariners in the United States.

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