Cincinnati Reds prospect Tanner Rahier was arrested on allegations he knocked his girlfriend unconscious with a large rock over the weekend in Glendale, Arizona.
It was first reported by azcentral on Twitter:
Rahier, 21, was booked on suspicion of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and assault with intent to injure. He has been released from police custody.
The Cincinnati Reds have yet to comment on the situation.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Rahier Allegedly Threw a Rock With an 8-inch Diameter & it Hit the Victim in Her Head
Glendale police said in a probable cause statement the victim, whose name wasn’t released, was hit with a rock with about an 8-inch diameter, thrown by Rahier, a third base prospect. It apparently struck the woman on the left side of her head, knocking her unconscious.
The woman was transported by an emergency crew to a hospital, where she underwent tests.
2. Rahier Denied Throwing the Rocks & Knowing the Victim
When police arrived on the scene, Rahier was gone, but he was apprehended shortly after near the restaurant, Pullano’s Pizza.
According to the report, Rahier at first denied knowing the victim.
The victim told investigators she had been seeing Rahier for about a month, but their relationship was non-sexual.
Rahier was booked at the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.
3. The Incident Began When Rahier Refused to Pay a Bar Tab
Rahier was at a Glendale restaurant, a few miles from where the Reds hold Spring Training. The report says Rahier initially got into an argument with a bartender at Pullano’s Pizza and refused to pay his tab.
That’s when the victim led Rahier outside and those two began to argue.
4. He Has Been Arrested Before For Public Intoxication
Rahier has been in trouble with the law before. He was arrested in Oklahoma for public intoxication.
Police said Rahier was legally drunk at the time of this most recent incident.
5. Rahier was Taken in the 2nd Round of the 2012 Draft
Rahier, a California native, was taken in the second round of the 2012 MLB Draft. He has played the past 2 seasons with the Dayton Dragons, the Reds’ Single-A affiliate of the Midwest League.
Last season, Rahier hit .238 with 9 home runs and 54 RBIs.
He was not expected to make the Reds’ major league roster this season.