Bullets player accused of attacking ex-girlfriend Wingate charged in assault complaint

July 14, 1992|By Lan Nguyen and Rona Hirsch | Lan Nguyen and Rona Hirsch,Staff Writers

A former girlfriend of Washington Bullets basketball player David Wingate has charged him with assault, saying he punched her several times when she went to his home in April.

Mr. Wingate, 28, had called Tyra Holland, of Columbia, to his house at the 5700 block of April Journey Way in Columbia to discuss their children, according to a Howard County District Court summons.

The assault complaint by Ms. Holland, of the 9400 block of Farewell Road, alleges that Mr. Wingate bruised her back and arm after a domestic argument in which he asked her to swear on a Bible that she would not bother him anymore.

The incident is the third assault allegation against Mr. Wingate since 1990.

The April 24 incident occurred a little more than one year after Howard County prosecutors placed rape and related charges against Mr. Wingate on an inactive criminal docket. Charges moved to that docket are dismissed if the defendant's record remains clear for one year. That case involved a Baltimore teen-ager who accused Mr. Wingate of raping her at a 1991 party at his house.

Another sexual-assault case -- filed by a 22-year-old Texas woman against Mr. Wingate -- was also dropped. The woman accused him of raping her in June 1990. She filed a civil suit, which was settled out of court on undisclosed terms.

It is unclear whether the April 24 incident occurred within the one-year period that would have cleared Mr. Wingate of going to trial.

Mr. Wingate could not be reached for comment.

According to the summons, Mr. Wingate cornered Ms. Holland with the Bible in hand, yelling at her and the children after she said she would not swear because of her religion. He then kicked her in the leg, causing her to fall.

Ms. Holland tried to call 911 for help, but Mr. Wingate pulled the phone cord out of the wall. She tried to go downstairs, but he held her back, according to the summons.

The summons alleges that he then punched her four to six times on her back and arm, injuring a back muscle and giving her a bruise on her arm the size of a half-dollar. Ms. Holland said she had to bite Mr. Wingate to escape his hold.

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