PD: Former MLB outfielder Albert Belle one of two men arrested for urinating in public

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Albert Jojuan Belle (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Albert Jojuan Belle (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
Albert Jojuan Belle (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Albert Jojuan Belle (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
James Hannig, 49, of Scottsdale. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff Dept.) James Hannig, 49, of Scottsdale. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff Dept.)
James Hannig, 49, of Scottsdale. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff Dept.) James Hannig, 49, of Scottsdale. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff Dept.)
TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

A former pro baseball star is one of two men facing charges of indecent exposure after they are seen urinating in public.

It happened over the weekend at the Phoenix Rising FC Soccer Complex on McClintock Drive at Loop 202 Red Mountain, which is in the jurisdiction of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

Officers arrested Scottsdale resident Albert Jojuan Belle, 51, a retired professional baseball player having suited up with the Orioles, Indians and White Sox. Along with Belle, officers also arrested James Hannig, 49, from Scottsdale. 

According to Belle's probable cause for arrest statement, a 36-year-old man was walking across the stadium parking lot with his 5-year-old daughter when they saw Belle next to a vehicle.

“He observed Albert at the driver side door outside urinating,” according to court documents. “[The man] yelled at Albert about urinating in public and Albert turned around and shaked [sic] his gentials [sic] towards [them].”

At the same time, on the passenger side of the car, Hannig's court documents say the same senaro was unfolding. Hannig was seen by a woman and her daughter as he was urinating in the parking lot. The woman said Hannig shook his genitals at them when they yelled at him about urinating in public.

The arresting officer who spoke with Belle noted that he had “bloodshot watery eyes and an odor of intoxicating beverage emitting from his breath.”

The arresting officer wrote that Belle said he had been driving the vehicle and admitted to having a “verbal altercation” with the little girl’s father but denied urinating in public.

In both of the probable cause for arrest statements, police made note of two apparent wet spots on the ground on either side of Belle’s vehicle.

Because one of the witnesses in this case is a child younger than 15, one of the charges Belle could be facing is a felony. The other possible charges are misdemeanors. 

Hannig is being charged with one count of indecent exposure.

Belle, who was suspended in1994 for using a corked bat and known for a somewhat less-than-cordial relationship with the media, was a five-time All-Star, won five Silver Sluggers and homered in the last at-bat of his MLB career in 2000.

He made headlines five years earlier when he chased trick-or-treaters in his car. The trick-or-treaters had egged his Euclid, Ohio home after being told he had no candy for them. He was fined $100 for reckless driving. The father of one of the trick-or-treater sued him. That lawsuit was settled in 1997.

Belle was released on his own recognizance under the supervision of Pretrial Services. He is due back in court for a status conference on April 9 followed by a preliminary hearing on April 13.


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