Braves star Marcell Ozuna arrested on aggravated assault, battery charges

ATLANTA — An Atlanta Braves star was arrested Saturday on aggravated assault and battery charges, Channel 2 Action News has confirmed.

Sandy Springs police say Braves leftfielder Marcell Ozuna was arrested at his home and booked into the Fulton County jail Saturday afternoon. Police are charging him with aggravated assault by strangulation and battery/family violence.

Police say the were called to the home on Windsor Cove just before 12:30 Saturday afternoon. When they arrived, officers said they could hear screaming coming from inside the home and the front door wide open.

Because of the potential danger due to the screaming, the officers said they entered the home where they witnessed Ozuna grabbing his wife by the neck and throwing her against a wall. Officers say Ozuna also hit his wife with the cast covering his fractured fingers.

The Braves outfielder had injured the hand earlier in the week after trying to slide into third base during a game with the Boston Red Sox.

Police said they immediately arrested the 6-3, 230 lb. baseball player taking him into custody without further incident.


The charges facing Ozuna are extremely serious. According to Georgia Law, the aggravated assault by strangulation charge carries a minimum of a five year prison sentence if convicted.

The Braves released a statement Saturday night on Twitter about the incident.

The Commissioner’s office will investigate the allegations and decide on the appropriate discipline. Players have the right to challenge any decision before the arbitration panel.

Sandy Springs police wear body cameras.

Channel 2 Action News will continue updating this story and will have the latest on WSB Sunday A.M.