ATLANTIC CITY — Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera left “hand print markings" on his girlfriend’s neck and “small scratches” to her arms in assaulting the 20-year-old woman at the Golden Nugget casino Monday in Atlantic City, according to the police report.
Herrera was placed on administrative leave Tuesday by Major League Baseball and faces a court hearing June 17 in Atlantic City Municipal Court on charges of simple assault and knowingly causing bodily injury, both disorderly person offenses.
The police record, obtained by The Inquirer, says the 6-foot, 200-pound Herrera, identified as David O. Herrera in court documents, committed assault by “attempting to cause bodily injury” to his girlfriend by “assaulting the victim during a domestic violence physical dispute.”
The police report characterizes the injuries as “minor.”
The Golden Nugget security department is listed as a witness in the complaint. Security personnel called 911 after the woman went to them. Atlantic City police found the woman talking to security officers when they arrived around 8:30 p.m. Monday. Herrera was arrested without incident inside his hotel room, police said.
Herrera had been dating the woman for several months prior to the assault, sources said.
Efforts to reach Herrera’s girlfriend, who is the named complainant, were unsuccessful. She did not respond to messages left for her by The Inquirer.
The woman’s social-media postings suggest she is originally from the municipality of Tovar in Mérida, Venezuela. Herrera also is from Venezuela. Photos on social media of the two of them together date to October 2017, including photos showing them vacationing together in the Caribbean with Herrera’s siblings.
Herrera’s agent, Victor Tranquillo, did not respond to messages. The information on the complaint notes a plea of “not guilty.”
Staff writers Scott Lauber, Jesenia De Moya Correa and Katie McInerney contributed to this story.