Major League Baseball pitcher Jacob Nix was arrested earlier this month after allegedly trying to enter a stranger’s bedroom through a doggy door while drunk.
Nix, a pitcher for the San Diego Padres, was arrested for criminal trespassing after a woman in Peoria, Arizona, called police in the early morning hours of Oct. 6 to report a possible intruder, according to a police report obtained by CNN.
Nix, 23, was allegedly spotted using a flashlight to look through the doggy door leading into the couple’s bedroom, and then trying to wriggle through, the report states, according to CNN. The husband told police he then instructed his wife to retrieve his gun, and when she couldn’t find it, she handed him a taser instead.
The encounter then allegedly turned physical, when the husband kicked Nix in the face through the doggy door; at that point, the husband reportedly told police, he saw someone else’s arm trying to pull Nix out of the doggy door and into the backyard, and both men attempted to flee.
The husband then claimed he aimed the taser through the doggy door and struck Nix in the back. Nix reportedly fell to the ground, but both men allegedly ultimately continued to flee on foot. Police located and arrested them miles away from the home, according to CNN.
Nix and the second man, 23-year-old minor league pitcher Thomas Cosgrove, are both facing a first-degree criminal trespassing charge for allegedly unlawfully entering a yard, while Nix faces an additional charge of criminal trespassing for allegedly unlawfully entering a house, San Diego’s KFMB-TV reports.
Following his arrest, Nix told police that he’d entered the home because he believed it was his, according to the CBS affiliate. He claimed he tried to get in through the doggy door because he couldn’t get in through the front door, police say. However, he admitted that his own home does not have a doggy door, the outlet reports.
Both men told police that they’d been out drinking that night, and were taken to the house by a ride share driver, according to CNN.
“This is my fault. I can’t blame alcohol, but I was inebriated,” Nix reportedly told authorities.
Nix, who was released on the afternoon of Oct. 6 after paying a $100 bond, is scheduled to appear in court for a status hearing Monday, according to CNN. Cosgrove, who was released around the same time after paying a $50 bond, was reportedly arraigned on Oct. 8.
Nix made his MLB debut with the San Diego Padres in 2018. The team addressed his arrest in a brief statement issued last week.
“We are aware of the alleged incident involving Jacob Nix last Sunday in Arizona,” its statement reads. “We take this matter seriously and have been in contact with the Commissioner’s office and local authorities. Due to the ongoing legal proceedings, we will not have any further comment at this time.”
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