Prosecutors Drop Domestic Abuse Charge Against Baseball Star Jose Reyes
Reyes was arrested on Oct. 31 after hotel security guards called police
Maui prosecutors have dropped a domestic abuse charge against Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes because his wife is allegedly not cooperating with authorities, PEOPLE confirms.
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Kerry Glen tells PEOPLE, “I have to prove the elements of the [alleged] offense beyond reasonable doubt. Obviously, in order to do that I need witnesses. [Reyes’s wife] was unwilling to speak with me so I was pretty much forced to dismiss the charge.”
On October 31, the MLB star was arrested after his wife appeared to have scratches and bruises on her body while the couple stayed at the Four Seasons in Maui.
He was charged with alleged abuse of a family or household member, a misdemeanor punishable up to one year in jail or a $2,000 fine, according to Glen.
Following the arrest, Reyes was put on baseball’s administrative leave list as a part of the sport’s new domestic abuse policy in which the league can take action even if the player’s case hasn’t yet been adjudicated in the legal system.
On Wednesday, Glen requested the case be dropped without prejudice, meaning she has two years from the date of the alleged incident to re-file charges if the alleged witness decides to cooperate.
But Glenn says she is not hopeful Reyes’s wife will change her mind. “What she has [allegedly] done is certainly frustrating but not unusual,” she says.
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A statement from Major League Baseball reads: “[Reyes] remains on administrative leave until the Commissioner completes his investigation and imposes any discipline.”
In January, domestic violence charges against New York Yankees player Aroldis Chapman were dismissed.
Following an investigation led by the league, Chapman, who was traded to the Yankees from the Cincinnati Reds in December, was suspended for 30 games.
Reyes attorney, David Sereno, could not be reached for comment.