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Mets Closer Jeurys Familia Arrested on Domestic Violence Charge

The Mets closer was recently featured in an anti-domestic violence ad campaign.

by Sean Newell
Nov 1 2016, 7:51pm

According to a criminal complaint filed in Fort Lee municipal court, Mets closer Jeurys Familia was arrested on a domestic violence charge earlier this week. Familia reportedly "caused bodily injury to another" and was charged with simple assault. Per the complaint, police observed scratching on the victim's chest and bruising on the right cheek and had probable cause "to believe that domestic violence had occurred."

The alleged incident took place in Fort Lee on Monday, according to the complaint. Fort Lee Police Chief Keith Bendul had declined to provide details on Monday when he was asked about the alleged incident, saying only that police officers had responded to an apartment on Park Avenue at 2:22 a.m. Monday morning after being called about "a dispute."

The Bergen Record obtained the complaint on Tuesday and while the victim's name was redacted, Familia was listed as Jeurys F. Mojica. A previously published report noted that Familia lived in Fort Lee with his wife and one-year-old son. The Mets released a brief statement saying that they are aware of and "monitoring the situation."

Earlier this year, as part of a campaign that featured several other local New York athletes, Familia appeared in public service announcement sponsored by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The campaign was called #NotAFan of Domestic Violence, and it featured Familia saying "I'm a fan of baseball. I'm a fan of the Mets. I'm not a fan of domestic violence."

[Bergen Record]