Shocking moment Washington Nationals academy administrator tosses two cups of hot coffee at gas station clerk during an argument leaving her with first-degree burns in the Dominican Republic
- Jazhiel Morel turned himself in to Dominican Republic authorities Monday
- Morel, an employee of the Washington Nationals, was caught on video tossing two cups of coffee at Raysa Vásquez at a gas station
- The incident took place August 14; the video was uploaded to social media Friday a day after Vásquez filed a police report
- Vásquez suffered a first-degree burn on her face
- Morel worked as an administrator at the Nationals’ baseball academy complex in Boca Chica
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A Washington Nationals employee was arrested Monday for tossing two cups hot of coffee at a gas station clerk in the Dominican Republic, leaving her with burns.
Jazhiel Morel, an administrator at the Nationals’ academy in Boca Chica, was seen on a surveillance camera August 14 throwing the two cups at clerk Raysa Vásquez as several customers looked on.
The video was uploaded to social media Friday, a day after a police complaint was filed by Vásquez.
The 31-year-old clerk visited the emergency room the day of the attack and was diagnosed with a first-degree burn.
The Nationals have since fired Morel.
Jazhiel Morel was arrested Monday in Santo Domingo, Domincan Republic, for tossing two cups of coffee at a gas station clerk
Raysa Vásquez hit in the face with two cups of hot coffee after she appeared to stop Washington Nationals employee Jazhiel Morel from leaving without paying August 14. The Santo Domingo, Domincan Republic gas station clerk suffered a first-degree burn on her face
Jazhiel Morel (center) is shown on a surveillance video having a discussion with Raysa Vásquez (pictured lower center wearing the red cap) before throwing two cups of coffee at the 31-year-old woman’s face
The video shows Morel walking into the gas station shop and walking behind the counter to grab two empty cups. He then walks over to a coffee machine and fills up the cups and appears to begin leaving without paying.
Vásquez is seen motioning to Morel, who returned to the counter before the pair had a verbal exchange.
But Morel is suddenly seen picking up the cups and throwing the coffee at Vásquez before walking out of the store.
Jazhiel Morel turned himself in for questioning at the prosecutor’s office in Santo Domingo on Monday and was subsequently taken into custody
Surveillance camera still image shows Jazhiel Morel (center) arguing with Raysa Vásquez
Jazhiel Morel was arrested Monday morning in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, for assaulting a female gas station clerk with coffee
Morel turned himself in for questioning at the prosecutor’s office in Santo Domingo on Monday and was subsequently taken into custody
He appeared before a judge and prosecutors to acknowledge the incident Monday.
‘The incident was reprehensible. Nobody justifies,’ Morel’s attorney Rafael Ariza said during an appearance on El Show del Medio Día, a daily afternoon variety show that airs on Colorvisión.
Ariza brought up the possibility of reaching a financial settlement before Felix Portes, Vásquez’s lawyer, appeared on the same show moments after Ariza and rejected the notion, instead making a case for jail time.
Morel joined the Nationals organization as a video intern at the team’s Boca Chica academy in June 2017 after graduating from Paine College in Augusta, Georgia, where he played baseball.
In November 2019, Morel was hired as a full-time academy administrator.
The 2019 World Series champions’ complex has developed many of its top current talent that were signed in the Caribbean island, including superstar outfielder Juan Soto, center fielder Víctor Robles, relief pitcher Wander Flores and second baseman Luis García.
‘The Washington Nationals learned of this horrific incident earlier [Saturday] and immediately terminated the employee,’ Mike Rizzo, the Nationals’ president of baseball operations and general manager, said in a statement to ESPN.
‘We do not tolerate this type of behavior in our organization.’
Jazhiel Morel was a member of the Paine College baseball team. He joined the Washington Nationals organization as a video intern in June 2017 at their Domincan Republic baseball academy after graduation from the Augusta, Georgia, school