Carl Crawford, a former professional baseball player who lives in the area, has been accused of choking his ex-girlfriend at her Houston apartment last month, according to Harris County court records.
Court documents show Crawford, 38, was arrested earlier this week and charged with assault of a family member-impeding breathing, a felony. He is out of jail on a $10,000 bond, according to court records.
The alleged incident occurred about one week before a 5-year-old boy and 24-year-old woman drowned in a backyard pool at Crawford’s home in the 1400 block of Mansfield Street in Acres Homes, according to the Houston Police Department. The drownings do not appear to be related to Crawford’s recent arrest.
Crawford’s ex-girlfriend, with whom he has a 1-year-old daughter, told HPD detectives that he came to her Upper Kirby apartment on May 8 to confront her about dating another man, according to court documents. The woman told police that Crawford took a semi-automatic handgun out of his pocket, ejected a round and held the weapon in one hand while grabbing her head and neck with the other as he questioned her, at one point pushing her to the ground and slamming her head against a wall multiple times, court records show.
“The complainant stated that every time the defendant did not get the response he wanted, he would squeeze her neck tighter until she couldn’t breathe at all and everything began to get blurry and dark,” the arrest affidavit reads. “The complainant stated ‘she felt like she was about to pass out and she felt if she were to be choked any longer that she would be hurt pretty bad.’ ”
According to court records, the woman ran out of the apartment and to the leasing office after the 1-year-old girl walked up to her and Crawford subsequently moved toward the girl. Crawford then left the scene and left behind the gun, according to court documents.
Crawford, a Houston native, retired from baseball in 2016 after a 15-year MLB career with the Tampa Bay Rays, Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers. He was a four-time All-Star.