Issaquah police nab NFL player for domestic violence

February 5, 2013

By Warren Kagarise

Prosecutors could charge Leroy Hill for domestic violence-related crimes, after Issaquah police arrested the Seattle Seahawks linebacker for assaulting and imprisoning a woman.

Leroy Hill

Leroy Hill

Officers responded to Hill’s Talus home along Cougar Ridge Drive Northwest at about 4 p.m. Jan. 29. Hill’s girlfriend, a 26-year-old Issaquah woman, said he had assaulted her numerous times since about 10:30 a.m. She told police he stood on her head and chest, struck her with a bottle of alcohol and punched her as many as 20 times.

She said Hill, 30, blocked the doorway, did not allow her to leave the home and took her cellphone, court documents state. The woman escaped from the residence when he went to the bathroom.

Officers arrested Hill for domestic violence and assault related to the incident. The response to the home in the 60 block of Cougar Ridge Drive Northwest included police and Eastside Fire & Rescue units.

Police requested the emergency units to treat the woman’s injuries. Medics transported her to Swedish/Issaquah, where she was treated and released.

Officers arrested Hill and transported him to the Issaquah City Jail, where he spent the night as officers investigated the case. Police then transported Hill to the King County Jail the next morning.

The court set Hill’s bail at $150,000 and he posted bond after a Jan. 31 court hearing.

Hill could face felony charges in King County Superior Court for unlawful imprisonment-domestic violence and third-degree assault-domestic violence. Prosecutors said a charging decision is forthcoming as the investigation continues, King County Prosecutor’s Office spokesman Dan Donohoe said Feb. 1.

The arrest is the latest legal trouble for Hill, a third-round pick for the Seahawks in the 2005 NFL Draft.

In April 2010, Issaquah police arrested him for a domestic violence incident involving another woman.

Police said a dispute occurred between Hill and his then-girlfriend at his Talus home. Officers arrested Hill and booked him into Issaquah City Jail for fourth-agree assault related to domestic violence, a misdemeanor.

Hill later pleaded not guilty to the charge and, under the conditions set by Issaquah Municipal Court in August 2010, Hill was required to complete treatment, possess no weapons and avoid breaking the law for the next 18 months.

However, in February 2012, Hill and the girlfriend involved in the Jan. 29 incident were arrested in Atlanta for possession of marijuana, but the charges were dropped against Hill and his girlfriend after urine tests failed to detect drugs.

Hill had earlier pleaded guilty to marijuana possession in Georgia less than a month before the April 2010 domestic violence incident.

NFL officials suspended Hill without pay from the 2010 season opener against the San Francisco 49ers for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.

Hill is scheduled to become a free agent in the offseason. Seahawks and NFL officials did not address his arrest by Feb. 4.

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