Democratic freshman Representative Carlos Henriquez arrested on domestic assault charges

By Matt Murphy

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, JULY 8, 2012…. State Rep. Carlos Henriquez, a freshman Dorchester Democrat, was arrested early Sunday morning by Boston police after a getting in a physical dispute with a young woman in his car in the Fenway area, according to Boston police.

Henriquez, 35, was arrested at the scene and charged with domestic assault and battery and domestic kidnapping after the woman told police she had been held against her will in the vehicle, and what started as a verbal argument escalated into a physical attack, according to Boston Police Officer James Kenneally, a department spokesman.

Kenneally would not confirm that the man arrested was the same Henriquez who represents the 5th Suffolk District in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, but mug shots obtained by several Boston area media outlets clearly show the suspect to be the first-term Democrat.

several hours with Henriquez and indicated that she wanted to be allowed to return home, but was denied.

A verbal argument escalated into a “physical attack,” according to Kenneally, and the woman was able to jump out of the car and flag a Northeastern University safety officer near 21 Forsyth Street in the Fenway neighborhood around 4:30 a.m.

Boston police responded to the scene and arrested Henriquez, who was born and raised in Roxbury. Neither Henriquez, nor his staff, could immediately be reached for comment.

Henriquez, who is running for his second two-year term in the House, has one opponent in November, Alethea Garrison, running under the Independent People’s Party, according to the Secretary of State’s office.

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