Minor league baseball player robbed in Winston-Salem

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- A minor league baseball player was robbed early Tuesday morning in Winston-Salem.

Police said two robbery attempts happened near West 5th Street and North Trade Street around 12:40 a.m. One of the robbery attempts was unsuccessful.

In the first incident, two men tried to rob Jansen Joseph Visconti, 34, of Latrobe, Pa. Visconti is a Minor League Baseball umpire.

Police said he escaped the two men and ran from the scene.

A few minutes later, police said the same two men approached Terrence Rashwan Bester, 23, of Taylorsville, Miss., and Billy Rayshun Hamilton, 21, of Taylorsville, Miss. The suspects took an undisclosed amount of cash and drove away in a light blue Pontiac Grand Am.

Hamilton plays shortstop and second base for the Bakersfield single-A affiliate for the Cincinnati Reds.

Hamilton is well known for stealing bases, 80 so far this season.

While Hamilton didn't want to comment about the incident he did say despite what happened he likes Winston-Salem's BB&T Field. "This is a nice field, one of best parks I've been in,  in a long time. Even in MLB I've never seen nothing like this," says Hamilton.

No injuries were reported.

The first suspect was described as a black male, 5'11" and close-cut hair. He was wearing black pants and a black T-shirt with a white T-shirt over his shoulder. The second suspect was described as a black male, 5'7" and was wearing a white pullover shirt and red jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crimestoppers at 727-2800.