Mischief charge in Blue Jays beer tossing
Just about 24 hours after his wanted poster went viral, accused Rogers Centre beer-can tosser Ken Pagan was charged with mischief Thursday evening.
Pagan, 41, of Hamilton, arrived at Toronto Police’s 52 Division just after 7 p.m. and entered the station’s front doors without speaking to media.
Lawyer Tyler Smith said Pagan was charged upon entering the station with one count of mischief for the incident Tuesday during the Blue Jays-Orioles wild card game.
“We’re a little bit concerned, just because of ... a trial by social media that he’s had to endure,” Smith said. “But right now the presumption of innocence applies to him and we look forward to getting disclosure in court.”
The lawyer added he doesn’t expect Pagan to face additional charges.
“He is doing his best to co-operate,” Smith said.
Pagan was in the University Ave. and Dundas St. W.-area station for about two hours, and upon leaving walked past media without comment again before getting into a waiting SUV.
On Wednesday night, Pagan, who is an employee of Postmedia who works in Hamilton, told the Toronto Sun he had made arrangements to turn himself in. He also said he “was drinking out of a cup” at the game. Smith would not comment when asked about that.
When asked why it took until Thursday evening for Pagan to report to the police station, Smith said the man wanted to ensure he had a lawyer.
“He caught wind that the police wanted to talk to him, so he made himself available. He wanted to get a little bit of advice before he did that.”
The image police released of Pagan was taken from a photo of fans sitting above the left field bullpen. A beer can was tossed from the stands in the 7th inning after Jays batter Melvin Upton Jr. hit a fly ball deep into left field. As Orioles outfielder Hyun Soo Kim positioned himself to make the successful catch for the third out, the can came flying out from the stands, narrowly missing Kim.
Kim and teammate Adam Jones then began shouting at the people in the stands.
Pagan is scheduled to appear at Old City Hall court on Nov. 24 at 11 a.m.