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Dominican police make arrests in killing of Pascual Perez

Nov 3, 2012, 2:45 PM EDT

Pascual Perez AP AP

According to the Associated Press, police in the Dominican Republic said today that they have arrested three men suspected in the killing of former major league pitcher Pascual Perez during a home robbery on Thursday. Two other suspects are still at large.

One of the men who was arrested actually knew Perez and confessed that he and four others were planning to steal his $2,400 monthly pension. Police identified a second man as a low-level drug dealer while the third man was arrested after allegedly selling one of Perez’s cell phones for $6.25. The three men are expected to be formally charged later today while the other two suspects have been identified.

Perez pitched in the major leagues from 1980-1991, compiling a 67-68 record with a 3.44 ERA and 822 strikeouts in 1244 1/3 innings while making stops with the Pirates, Braves, Expos and Yankees.

  1. pisano - Nov 3, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    The only word to describe these five, is scumbags. You were a treat to watch Pascual, rest in peace.

  2. randygnyc - Nov 3, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    I read that he was stabbed to death. Frightening. The depraved savages that committed this cold blooded murder should be publicly executed. MLB channel should broadcast it as pay per view, proceeds going to Perez’s family.

  3. libertynchurch - Nov 3, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    If they get sentenced, they will do Hard Time in The DR. No three meals a day in temperature controlled cells with cable TV and hot showers. You dont eat if your family doesnt feed you. And you still might not eat unless you pay a guard to protect you while you eat!

    Lets just hope that they cant buy their way out, and spend the rest of their miserable lives in a living hell.

  4. raysfan1 - Nov 3, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    Randy’s barbaric idea aside, does anyone actually know what the penalties for armed robbery and murder are in the Dominican Republic?

    • jrd8523 - Nov 3, 2012 at 5:47 PM

      These guys are likely looking at 10-30 years. DR has a pretty bad (by US standards) rate at getting convictions, and things like cash “settlements” with family members will occasionally occur, but that seems unlikely here since these thugs sound like they are broke. The prisons are overcrowded, and the conditions terrible, but that sometimes causes a revolving door effect that can make stays short.

      R.I.P. Pascual, lots of Dominicans watched you and wanted to be you.

  5. clydeserra - Nov 3, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    Steal his pension?

  6. crankyfrankie - Nov 3, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    He, as a retired union member,receives a monthly pension. Someone as gregarious as him probably talked about when he received it so the criminals thought they would come and help themselves. After five years a player is entitled to a pension. The pension varies upon years in the majors and when they start collecting.

    • clydeserra - Nov 3, 2012 at 9:39 PM

      how do they get at it after he is dead?

  7. randygnyc - Nov 3, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    Cash his check.

    • clydeserra - Nov 4, 2012 at 10:32 AM

      Like weekend at bernies?

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