Dbacks broadcaster arrested after allegedly threatening to kill wife

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by Andrew Michalscheck

Video report by Kristine Harrington

Posted on July 17, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 24 at 12:16 PM

PHOENIX -- An Arizona Diamondbacks broadcaster is facing multiple criminal charges after allegedly threatening to kill his wife.

Police said Miguel Perez Quintana, who has been the play-by-play voice of the Dbacks’ Spanish broadcasts for 16 seasons, has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, threatening, and criminal damage. He has since been suspended by the team.

According to authorities, an officer responded to Quintana’s Phoenix home on Monday after receiving an emergency call of domestic violence.

The responding officer arrived to find that Quintana’s wife had lacerations on her left hand, and smudges on her leg.

Quintana’s wife went on to tell police that Quintana was jealous and had started looking through her cell phone while she was sleeping.

She woke up to find Quintana in the kitchen looking through her phone and asked him to return her phone.

An argument allegedly ensued, at which time Quintana is said to have damaged the phone by throwing it on the tile floor.

Quintana’s wife told police that she responded by threatening to break his computer.

Quintana allegedly grabbed a knife and told his wife that he would kill her if she broke his computer.

The couple continued to argue, with Quintana allegedly throwing his wife on the ground and getting on top of her.

Quintana’s wife said he reportedly slapped her and then put the knife up to her neck and said, “I’m going to kill you.”

She proceeded to call for her son, who was in his bedroom and heard his mother’s call for help.

The son would later tell police that he heard his mother say in Spanish, “If you’re going to kill me, kill me.”

The son also told police that he left his room to find his dad on top of his mother with a large kitchen knife in his hand.

When Quintana saw his son he allegedly got off his wife, tried to hide the knife, and then tried to get his wife to join him in their bedroom.

Quintana’s wife went to her son’s bedroom, where the son called 9-1-1.

Quintana eventually turned himself in to authorities on Wednesday morning while accompanied by his attorney.
 

The Diamondbacks released this statement: "The Arizona Diamondbacks take this issue and these allegations very seriously and do not condone, nor will we tolerate violence of any kind. We have taken immediate action to suspend Miguel until this matter is resolved in court."
 

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