View Full Version : Interesting story about Ensberg and Aaron Miles

08-24-2006, 05:45 PM
For those of you with ESPN Insider, here's an interesting story about Ensberg and some other ballplayers being held hostage by some guys trying to rob them. Aaron Miles was one of the guys. The stuff on Miles was wild:


They were saved by a thump next door. The gunmen had heard someone enter the adjacent room, so they told Ensberg and the other hostages, "We'll be right back with some company." What ensued was even more surreal. Rose, the catcher, noticed the crooks had left the door ajar. He squeezed his wrists and ankles free of the plastic zip ties and quickly crossed the room to shut it. The gunmen tried returning with the player from next door -- a Class A infielder named Aaron Miles -- but found the door locked. By then, Ensberg had also yanked his wrists free, scarring them in the process, and had frantically called the front desk. Police were on their way.

When a wave of cop cars screeched into the parking lot, the man in the ski mask -- a convicted felon named Richard Cook -- jumped two stories to the street and temporarily escaped. But the burglar in the green bandanna, Alexander Williams, wasn't bailing. He shoved Miles back into his room at gunpoint. The police escorted Ensberg and the others out of their room and down to the parking lot, and dug in for a standoff. For 25 minutes, the crook had a gun to Miles' head, until the 5-foot-8 infielder, the son of a heavyweight boxer, took matters into his own hands.

He attacked the 5-foot-11, 175-pound intruder, and during the struggle, Miles bit Williams on the forearm while Williams bit Miles fiercely on the upper back. Both had their hands on the gun, and eventually, with Miles lying on top of the burglar, a SWAT policeman who'd broken through a window had no choice but to fire six close-range gunshots.

"We're downstairs in the parking lot, and you hear this, pop-pop-pop-pop-pop-pop," Ensberg says. "And we're like, 'Aaron's dead.' " But the cop hadn't missed, wounding Williams once in the face and five times in the upper torso. The burglar was still alive, but some of his teeth had literally been shot out of his mouth. Miles bolted through the broken window and down to the parking lot, straight into the arms of his teammate Rose.

08-24-2006, 06:12 PM
That is pretty ****ed up! Glad they were all ok in the end. This is the first I have ever heard about this. How long ago did this incident occur.

08-24-2006, 06:19 PM
The article says that this happened in March of 2000.

08-24-2006, 06:29 PM
Fox Southwest had a 15 minute special on this, with interviews with Miles, Ensberg, et al a few years ago. It's a harrowing story.

The Racehorse
08-24-2006, 07:55 PM
Jim Rome had an extensive interview on his radio show with Ensberg a year or so ago about this... it was the most riveting interview Rome's ever had, IMO.

08-29-2006, 10:56 AM
I remember reading this after it happened. If I remember right, the gunman said Miles and Ensberg were buying drugs off of him and tried to rob or stiff him, or something of that nature, so he retaliated by putting a gun to Miles head. Some bizzarre stuff, if you ask me.

Only these three know the truth......