State Rep. Carlos Henriquez, of Dorchester, was arrested early Sunday morning near Forsyth Street in Boston, after allegedly choking and punching a 23-year-old female college student while driving around the city.
The first-term Democrat pleaded not guilty to charges of assault, kidnapping, witness intimidation and larceny under $250 Monday in Roxbury District Court, according to the Boston Globe. He called the allegations “completely untrue,” the report states. He was released on $1,000 cash bail.
The assault charge against Henriquez, 35, is being referred to the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office, according to CBS Boston, as prosecutors believe the assault took place in Arlington, shortly after Henriquez picked the woman up from her mother’s Arlington home at 2 a.m. Sunday.
According to the Globe story, Henriquez wanted to meet with the woman to discuss their relationship. The woman told police that after Henriquez picked her up, their conversation heated up and then he drove around Boston for two hours, choking and punching her and forcibly keeping her in the car, the article states.
The woman told police that she eventually jumped out of the moving vehicle on Forsyth Street in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood, according to the Globe. Police observed scratches and bruises on the victim. She declined medical attention.
Check back with Arlington Patch for updates as they become available.