Carlos Henriquez (pictured), a Massachusetts State Representative, was charged Sunday morning with domestic assault, battery and domestic kidnapping after allegedly punching a female friend in a car, reports the Boston Globe.
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The unidentified 20-something woman and Henriquez reportedly left a community function around 4 a.m., and the woman asked the elected official who represents the 5th District that includes the predominantly Black areas of Dorchester and Roxbury, to escort her home. The couple began to argue and Henriquez reportedly began punching her. She tried to get out of the vehicle but he aggressively manhandled the woman and tried to keep her from escaping.
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Police suspect the woman is Henriquez’s girlfriend.
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The young woman was able to jump out of the car and ran until she found a police officer near Boston’s Northeastern University. When additional police officers and EMT arrived on the scene, the woman immediately received medical treatment but was not transported to a hospital.
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Henriquez, who is a member of the Joint Committee on Education, Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse and Joint Committee on the Judiciary, is in his first year of office.
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As far as the recent accusations against Henriquez, House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo finds them very unsettling and released a statement regarding the case:
“The allegations that have been raised are disturbing and troubling and should be taken very seriously,” DeLeo said in a statement. “The matter is now being handled by the appropriate authorities, and that process will play out.”
Henriquez has pleaded not guilty and was released on a $1000 bond.