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Pitcher Gets Hit Outside of DBAP, Suspect Arrested

Posted August 31, 1998 7:00 a.m. EDT

— Monday night, Durham police arrested a suspect who allegedly attacked a baseball player outside of theDurham Bulls Athletic Park.

Norfolk Tides pitcher Brian Maxcy got his watch back from Durham police officers less than 24 hours after he was attacked leaving the ballpark. Many say the pitcher is lucky, because he was hit with a 25 pound steel rod.

Maxcy was walking back to his hotel after Monday night's game. He was about 50 yards from the ballpark when police say David Daye attacked Maxcy and demanded money. When Maxcy fought back, Daye supposedly ran off. Police found Daye in bushes near the athletic park.

Investigators say Daye was on work release, and was late for his scheduled 5:30 p.m. return to the county jail.

"We've made it a safe place down there around the ballpark, and I'm sorry for this one incident," Durham police Cpl. Fran Borden said. "If I could charge the suspect myself, I'd also charge him with what he did to our image down there."

City leaders have spent a lot of time and money trying to change the perception that downtown Durham is a dangerous place.

"For an incident like this to pop up we take it very seriously," Durham Bulls General Manager Peter Anlyan said.

Anlyan is also concerned about perception, but says the facts tell the true story.

"In this quadrant where the ballpark sits there's very little crime, and to have attendance of 450,000 perhaps this year, and to have only two incidents take place, I think our record is pretty good," Anlyan said.