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Lorain councilman Angel Arroyo pleads not guilty to domestic violence (VIDEOS / 911 AUDIO, UPDATED)

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    Lorain Councilman Angel Arroyo is led from the courtroom after his arraignment Monday in Lorain Municipal Court.


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    Lorain councilman Angel Arroyo is led from the courtroom after his arraignment Monday.



ELYRIA — Lorain Councilman Angel Arroyo Jr. pleaded not guilty to charges of domestic violence and resisting arrest in his initial court appearance Monday afternoon in Lorain Municipal Court.

Arroyo, 36, was booked at 5:19 a.m. Monday into Lorain County Jail after Lorain police arrested him at his 30th Street home. Police were responding to a domestic violence complaint they had received from Arroyo’s wife, according to a police report.

Arroyo arrived home after a “work obligation” intoxicated, about 1 a.m. and began assaulting his wife, the report said. Arroyo’s wife had called him about midnight to see where he was “and could immediately tell he was intoxicated,’’ according to the report.

After ending the call, Arroyo’s wife told police she went to bed “hoping he would leave her alone when he arrived home.”

When Arroyo arrived home, he woke his wife up “striking her right side near her ribs with the back of his hand.” He continued striking her and ignored her demands for him to stop, the report said.

When his wife told him she was going to sleep in another room and that if he didn’t stop she would contact police, Arroyo said, “Call the police and I will follow you to whatever room you go to,” the report said.

Arroyo’s wife declined medical treatment and also declined to sign a witness statement, the report said.

When police tried to speak with Arroyo, “It was immediately obvious he was intoxicated,” the report said.

“Angel demanded to know ‘what law he violated’ and ‘was there a crime committed,’ ” the report said. “Angel was very uncooperative and initially refused to answer any questions.”

The report also said Arroyo made several references “to sending text messages to the Chief of Police (Cel Rivera) as well as the Mayor of Lorain (Chase Ritenauer)” regarding the incident “as if it would influence our responsibility to thoroughly investigate a domestic violence complaint,” the report said.

When police tried to take Arroyo into custody, officers wrote that he struggled with them and refused to get into the police cruiser on his own. Officers said they had to force him into the vehicle.

After officers had gotten Arroyo into the vehicle and he was being driven to Lorain City Jail, he began complaining that he’d been injured by officers during the struggle, police said. Arroyo was then taken to Mercy Regional Medical Center, where he continued to act in a belligerent manner with Lorain police and hospital police, the report said.

At one point, Arroyo allegedly told a hospital police officer, “If you want to fight, let’s fight,” the report said.

Arroyo eventually was released from the hospital and then was taken to Lorain County Jail. At his arraignment, Arroyo was given $2,500 personal bond by Judge Mark Mihok.

Arroyo is next due in court Feb. 4 for a pretrial. The case was assigned to Mihok, but the judge said he will seek a visiting judge to preside over the case.

Arroyo was not present at Council’s committee meetings Monday evening. Members voted 6-4 to excuse him.

Council President Joel Arredondo said there isn’t much Council can do to Arroyo for his actions — it will be up to voters in the November election.

“We as Council have no individual censures or anything like that, so it’s unfortunate because that’s twice in two years now, so that’s not good for him. … Hopefully people pray for him and he get’s his issues resolved,” he said.

On Sunday evening, Arroyo was in attendance at Lorain City Hall for a vote of the Democratic Central Committee, which decided to appoint Commissioner Ted Kalo to the Lorain Municipal Court clerk’s position.

Contact Scott Mahoney at (440) 329-7146 or Follow him on Twitter @SMahoneyCT.


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