Benitez to Be Arrested on Assault Charge

New York Mets pitcher Armando Benitez is to surrender next week on a third-degree assault charge filed by his former girlfriend, New York City Police said today.

Benitez is to be arrested when he surrenders on Monday at the 109th Precinct in Flushing, Queens, said Lt. John Shatinsky, who heads the precinct's detective squad. Benitez is to be accompanied by his lawyer. Third-degree assault is a misdemeanor.

Mets senior vice president David Howard said Benitez's surrendering was an expected step and declined additional comment.

Girlfriend Alleges Attack Took Place in October

Stacey O'Neill, Benitez's former girlfriend, filed a complaint at the precinct on Jan. 3, alleging that Benitez punched her and left her neck with a scar from a scratch on Oct. 18, an off-day between the NL championship series and the World Series. She said he attacked her at their Queens home.

In the police report, O'Neill said she did not alert police at the time because she was afraid of Benitez.

On Tuesday, Baltimore prosecutors announced that a domestic abuse case filed against Benitez by O'Neill had been dismissed.

"There was not sufficient evidence to try him, and we're not going forward with the case," said Joyce Jefferson Daniels, a spokeswoman for Baltimore City State's Attorney Patricia Jessamy.

O'Neill had filed a complaint against Benitez in December saying he slammed a door against her during an argument on Nov. 8.