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Mass. Lawmaker Arrested On Assault Charges

Police say a state representative has been arrested on domestic assault charges after a fight with a woman inside a vehicle in Boston.

Rep. Carlos Henriquez, in his booking photo (Suffolk DA)
Rep. Carlos Henriquez, in his booking photo (Suffolk DA)

Rep. Carlos Henriquez, a Boston Democrat who represents parts of Dorchester and Roxbury, was arrested at about 4:30 a.m. Sunday on charges including domestic assault and battery and domestic kidnapping.

Boston Police say an argument between Henriquez and the alleged victim, believed to be his girlfriend, turned violent. Henriquez allegedly punched the woman and refused to let her out of the car.

The Suffolk District Attorney's office says Henriquez is scheduled to be arraigned Monday.

Henriquez could not immediately be reached for comment. He was elected to represent Boston's 5th District in 2011 and is a member of the Joint Committee on Education, the Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse, and the Joint Committee on the Judiciary, according to the Legislature's website.

In an emailed statement, House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo told the Associated Press the allegations are disturbing and troubling and should be taken very seriously.

With reporting by The Associated Press and the WBUR Newsroom

This program aired on July 8, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.

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