Ravens Zay Flowers assault case ends with no charges filed: reports

Ravens Zay Flowers assault case ends with no charges filed: reports

BALTIMORE, Md. — The investigation into a domestic assault allegation against Baltimore Ravens player Zay Flowers has been suspended without any criminal charges being filed against the wide receiver, multiple reports said Tuesday.

The Baltimore Banner first reported the news Tuesday afternoon. The Baltimore Sun quickly followed with its own report.

Both outlets first reported on February 8 that Flowers was involved in a domestic assault investigation stemming from a January 21 call in the Owings Mills area.

Flowers was never officially named a suspect, but both The Banner and The Sun reported that he was connected to the investigation.

Baltimore County Police were called to Flowers' home on Jan. 16 around 7 a.m. for a welfare check, FOX 45 reported. The television station said an unidentified woman called 911 and quickly hung up.

“The female answered and was crying, she said she didn't have an emergency, but she seemed distressed when she hung up the phone,” a Baltimore County Police dispatcher said, according to a recording obtained by FOX 45.

Baltimore County Police released a redacted police report saying a woman told police officers in Acton, Massachusetts, that she had bruises in the assault, and was reluctant to provide details because the person in question was a prominent NFL player, WBAL-TV reported.

The woman told officers that the brother of the person involved had a gun, according to police records obtained by Patch.

The Baltimore County Police Department halted the investigation Friday morning, records say.

“This matter is considered closed, but the department reserves the right to reopen the case if additional information becomes available,” police spokeswoman Joy Libola Stewart told Patch in an email on Tuesday.

The Banner also reviewed the dispatcher's recording and confirmed that 911 operators contacted the female after the initial call was interrupted. The newspaper said that the caller was geographically located in the house next to Flowers' house.

Neighbors told FOX 45 they saw police outside Flowers' home for more than an hour that day.

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Patch contacted Baltimore County Police on Tuesday and requested all documents in the investigation into Flores. Police sent Patch all the police reports, the 911 call, and the radio dispatch. Authorities have withheld or withheld any identifying information for all parties involved.

Patch was unable to independently verify Flowers' involvement in this investigation due to redacted identifying information. We can confirm that the investigation involved an NFL player in Owings Mills and that the Ravens have been contacted for assistance in reaching someone associated with the situation.

Police were dispatched to Owings Mills' home on January 16 at approximately 7:15 a.m

Officers conducted a welfare check after receiving a call from a crying woman, who called 911 but quickly hung up. The 911 operator called the number and said there was no emergency.

“The female answered and was crying, she said she did not have an emergency, but she appeared to be in distress when she hung up the phone,” the police dispatcher said in a recording reviewed by Patch.

Officers arrived at the estimated location of the call and knocked on the door of that address. Without giving a specific address, authorities can only estimate where the call originated by identifying which cell phone towers were used in the call. This leaves room for error when homes are close together.

The person who opened the door said he did not call 911.

Flowers played in Baltimore's AFC Championship loss on January 28, seven days after the reported date of the assault allegation. It is unclear when the investigation began. It is also unclear whether the Ravens were aware of the investigation before Flowers played in the AFC Championship Game.

Flowers, the Ravens' first-round pick, set team records for catches (77) and receiving yards (858) and scored six total touchdowns in 16 games, NBC Sports reported.

Flowers, a Fort Lauderdale native, graduated from Boston College. This is about 25 miles from Acton.

Patch Editor Jacob Baumgart reported this story.

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