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Police decline to press charges against fans Latos says assaulted her

Oct 2, 2013, 3:38 PM EDT

Dallas Latos

Pittsburgh police do not dispute Dallas Latos’ claims that fans at last night’s Pirates-Reds game punched her and pulled her hair. But they nonetheless consider the matter “closed.” They’re characterizing it as a he-said/she-said situation and won’t file criminal charges.

They are characterizing it as an altercation between several drunk and/or drinking fans, implying that they include Latos in that crowd. Several people were ejected from the ballpark, including a couple of people with her.  They have said that if anyone wishes to privately press charges they may. That process is more akin to a traffic ticket situation and won’t lead to any arrests.

On the one hand, this seems a bit lax given that they aren’t even disputing the victim’s claims of assault here. On the other hand, given what Pittsburgh police have done at PNC Park in the past, maybe they are just hellbent on erring on the side of caution these days.

  1. DelawarePhilliesFan - Oct 2, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Just funny that in this day and age, no one had video of this. Would give soem clarity one way or the other

    • jerseygirl57 - Oct 2, 2013 at 3:48 PM

      Wait, the video is coming.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Oct 2, 2013 at 4:00 PM

        People are still getting their film developed. Oops, sorry wrong century.

  2. flyinhighwithvick - Oct 2, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    She has two black eyes in the picture above, she must have caught a whoopin!

    • vivabear - Oct 2, 2013 at 4:50 PM

      It’s called eye makeup. It exists, and is worn by women (and a growing number of men).

      • runhigh24 - Oct 2, 2013 at 5:03 PM

        People who miss obvious sarcasm should have their internet privileges revoked

      • vivabear - Oct 2, 2013 at 5:24 PM

        I guess I don’t consider flyingwithvick’s comment sarcasm – it’s lacking the element of humor.

      • flyinhighwithvick - Oct 2, 2013 at 6:24 PM

        Oh eye makeup! I knew they had a name for it!

      • vivabear - Oct 2, 2013 at 6:35 PM

        runhigh – you may be looking at having your “internet privileges revoked” since, you know – you fail to catch the sarcasm in my post as well.

    • cur68 - Oct 2, 2013 at 7:35 PM

      Something about this little exchange gladdens my heart this damp Wednesday. The way certain parties are attempting to cover their asses, having grossly failed to get the obvious. The clever use of hyperbole. The blustering. I grin every time I read it.

      • vivabear - Oct 2, 2013 at 9:49 PM

        Fuck you Cur…its just a fact many people have a low threshold for what constitutes humor.

      • cur68 - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:51 AM

        Ok, now I’m LMAO

        Didn’t even mention any names and he STILL knew he was the guy blustering!

        rofl….

      • vivabear - Oct 3, 2013 at 8:42 AM

        rofl? Get a clue, ur the only person still using that acronym. Guess it goes to prove my point about low humor thresholds. Evidently u think ur a internet message board psychologist?

      • cur68 - Oct 3, 2013 at 10:26 AM

        Please. Keep replying. It makes me laugh.

      • vivabear - Oct 3, 2013 at 11:47 AM

        Please, keep trying to let everyone in the comments section know how superior you are. It makes you look like an ass.

  3. gdobs227 - Oct 2, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    I obviously have no idea what happened here. But I have a very very hard time believing that she is a 100% innocent victim and did absolutely nothing to escalate the incident. I’ve been to millions (give or take) games and concerts and have encountered plenty of drunk and obnoxious people. Yet, I’ve never ever even been close to being involved in an altercation. I walk away and go on with my life.

    Again, I having no idea what happened. But, I’d venture to say that Dallas took an alcohol fueled “oh no she di’nt” attitude, which escalated things instead of walking away, which would have ended things.

    • emdash01 - Oct 2, 2013 at 4:20 PM

      Even if she did do some talking, that’s not really an excuse for assault. Someone attacks someone else, they should be arrested every time – if they were justified, that’s something the court can sort out. Otherwise it promotes the idea that stadium violence is just to be expected, and encourages more in the future.

      • gdobs227 - Oct 2, 2013 at 4:23 PM

        There’s no excuse for assault. I just doubt that she’s telling the whole story. And a more level-headed person would have avoided the whole ordeal.

    • drone501 - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:35 AM

      maybe she was soliciting. her husbands in the dugout. what the hell is she doing in a bar in the stadium. she has the right to do or go anywhere she wants but some things you don’t do when you look like a hooker. her husband is probably asking her a lot of questions.

  4. dannymac17 - Oct 2, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    If i were a wife of a Reds fan, I would get sauced too after watching them get spanked.

  5. emdash01 - Oct 2, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    If they don’t dispute she was hit in the head…how are there no arrests? Unless she hit someone first and the other person was defending herself, that doesn’t make any sense. I don’t care what she said or didn’t say, punching someone in the head is assault.

    • Marty McKee - Oct 2, 2013 at 4:26 PM

      It’s Pittsburgh, Jake.

      • clemente2 - Oct 2, 2013 at 5:27 PM

        So little cultural memory….

    • sfbookreviews - Oct 2, 2013 at 4:47 PM

      Under Pennsylvania law, police can’t arrest people for fights that warrant only misdemeanor charges like simple assault or summary citations. That’s why. Mrs. Latos has been given the information of who hit her and is free to press charges if she wishes. It’s entirely up to her at this point.

      Also of note, the scuffle included 20 to 30 people, some of whom were ejected from the stadium (including the woman who allegedly hit Mrs. Latos and two of Latos’ companions). It took place in a bar, where everyone was drinking. It involved multiple Reds fans and Bucs fans. Mrs. Latos had no visible marks and refused medical treatment. This was not a one-on-one situation like she is implying. This was a large group mixing it up.

      This is a poorly written summary of what the police said today.

  6. sgtr0c - Oct 2, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    I am always skeptical of anyone using a form of social media to prove a point in an arguement. It is suppose to be social, light and care-free. Too many people post crap statements believeing we are involved in the conversation they are conducting in their head. And really, if you are sauced, just stay off it.

    Always better to be thought a fool, then posting and to removeing all doubt.

  7. bmoreravens1012013 - Oct 2, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Pitt police are Barney Fife….a joke.

  8. toodrunktotastethischicken - Oct 2, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    • cur68 - Oct 2, 2013 at 7:20 PM

      Great screen name, BTW. A state I’ve NEVER been in, but not for lack of trying. I usually pass out while still able to taste the chicken. Alas.

  9. poprox13 - Oct 2, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    I know something I’d like to press

  10. thebadguyswon - Oct 2, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    Exactly. No doubt she helped cause the drama.

    We’ve all been to live sporting events. You have to want to get into a fight to do so. If you go and mind your own business, odds are nothing will happen even if you do root for the visitors. You go and mouth off and look for trouble, good chance you’re going to find it.

  11. sabatimus - Oct 2, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    Police “do not dispute”, huh? Gotta love the English language’s power of semantics.

  12. kaperchoke - Oct 2, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    LOL

  13. chiadam - Oct 2, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Only strippers, card players and battleships are named after cities.

    • straightouttavtown - Oct 2, 2013 at 5:53 PM

      What does that say about Orlando Bloom, Houston Nutt, Orlando Hernandez, Dallas Winston from the Outsiders, Orlando Cabrera, Orlando Hudson, Dallas Clark, Bryce Dallas Howard, Dallas Braden…

      • db1001 - Oct 2, 2013 at 6:15 PM

        I guess they’re all card players

      • umrguy42 - Oct 2, 2013 at 7:09 PM

        Also, the USS Los Angeles, which was (is?) a submarine.

        /pedantism

    • cur68 - Oct 2, 2013 at 7:26 PM

      Knew a dog named “DeSoto” once. Lived with a cat named “Ipanema” and a budgie known as (for some reason) “Cucamonga”. Better expand that list a bit.

      • bravojawja - Oct 3, 2013 at 10:31 AM

        Well, DeSoto was an explorer, so maybe the dog wandered off a lot?

      • cur68 - Oct 3, 2013 at 10:39 AM

        He was named after the car. His owners were real old.

  14. hornbuckle - Oct 2, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Steelers fans taking out their frustration.

  15. danwilliamsmlb - Oct 2, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    You can take the girl out of the trailer park, but you can’t take the trailer park out of the girl.

  16. straightouttavtown - Oct 2, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    Had the opportunity to communicate with her through twitter and she came across as a smart articulate girl who seems genuinely upset at the media spin of this incident. I hope she can get through this and justice prevails. Always a fucked up thing when a bunch of classless clowns beat up a hot chick.

    • lingerie00yardsale - Oct 2, 2013 at 6:04 PM

      “Smart” and “articulate” are not at the top of the list of attributes coming to mind as I scroll through her twitter feed.

      I mean there are some HORRIBLE, terrible trolls out there taunting her…but the little lady should probably unplug the twitter box for a while and go brush @catlatos or something. Give it a rest.

    • km9000 - Oct 2, 2013 at 6:08 PM

      Or, you know, any kinda chick…

    • danwilliamsmlb - Oct 2, 2013 at 7:01 PM

      It wouldn’t have been “media spun” if she, you know, didn’t put it out there for the world to read.

      • cur68 - Oct 2, 2013 at 7:19 PM

        Right! She should take her lumps and NEVER tell anyone. That’s the way to do it….

  17. workin4theweekend - Oct 2, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Pittsburgh, you so classy.

  18. thedudeabides422 - Oct 2, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Reds fans should charge Dusty Baker with assault for starting Cueto over Latos.

  19. flyeredup - Oct 2, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    She feels empowered because she leeches off a multi millionaire. Her lies were exposed

  20. oct131968 - Oct 2, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    I was at this game , I noticed Pirates fans badgering Reds fans who appeared to be related to Reds catcher Devin Meseroco since they were wearing his jersey .

    • drone501 - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:31 AM

      we haven’t had a playoff game in 22 yrs. we don’t know how to act. meseroco is from nearby punsatawny. fans just having some fun.

      • bengalsucker - Oct 3, 2013 at 9:16 AM

        Speaks volumes of that s*** hole you live in when it’s “fun” to badger a senior citizen when she has the opposing team’s jersey on. Stay classy.

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