FAYETTEVILLE — Thomas Altimont has been dismissed from the Arkansas baseball team.
Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn announced the decision Monday, three days after Altimont was arrested on kidnapping and third-degree battery charges.
"After reviewing all the information, I've decided to dismiss Thomas from our baseball program," Van Horn said in a news release. "We have and will continue to hold our student-athletes to a high standard and any inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated."
Altimont was suspended indefinitely by Van Horn immediately after his arrest, which came early Friday morning. The coach said in a statement he would review the incident that led to the arrest and make any further determination regarding Altimont's status with the team this week. Van Horn didn't take long to make his decision.
Altimont was arrested after Fayetteville Police responded to a domestic disturbance call in which two individuals were locked in a bedroom - one against her will.
The preliminary arrest report said the incident with a female began as a verbal dispute in a car after Altimont went through her cell phone.
The report went on to say Altimont forcibly removed the female from the car once they had arrived at his residence. He carried her upstairs while she was kicking and screaming to get away. The victim escaped when they reached the top of the stairs, but was captured again and forced into Altimont's apartment.
She slipped away from Altimont again once inside the apartment, but he captured her and pulled her back inside, according to the report. Altimont then was confronted by his roommate who “expressed concern about what was happening.” Altimont then began “punching a closet door, putting a large hole in it, and choking himself,” according to the report, before locking himself in the bedroom with the female.
Altimont threw the girl on the bed and, at one point, bit her hair and pulled it from her scalp, according to the report. The officers observed red marks on the females arms and nec, while she told them both were “causing her pain." The report noted the female was visibly distraught, “crying and shaking” when speaking with police about the incident.
Altimont was placed under arrest and booked into the Washington County Jail. He was released a few hours later after posting $10,000 bond and has a May 13 court appearance.
The pitcher, who transferred to Arkansas from McLennan Community College, appeared in six games in 2013 during his only season with the program. He went 1-0 with a 1.59 earned run average. His final appearance came in last Tuesday’s doubleheader against New Mexico, when Altimont faced two batters – walking one and hitting another – in a 3-0 loss.
The news release announcing Altimont's dismissal said Arkansas' Office of Student-Athlete Success will offer the 21-year-old assistance through the remainder of the academic year pending the outcome of his status as an Arkansas student.
— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau