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Bronx state Sen. Luis Sepúlveda turned himself in to the NYPD Tuesday morning for allegedly choking his wife during a fight, according to police sources.
Sepúlveda, 56, and his estranged wife, Elizabeth Sepúlveda, 40, filed separate reports accusing each other of assault during a domestic dispute on Saturday.
The top Bronx Democrat — who chaired the state Senate Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections Committee — was charged with criminal obstruction of breathing, sources said.
The lawmaker allegedly strangled his wife after she punched him during an argument inside their Daly Avenue apartment in West Farms, police sources said, adding the injuries were minor and cops observed no bruising on either spouse when they arrived.
It was unclear whether his wife will be arrested, police sources said, adding it would be up to the Bronx district attorney.
Luis Sepúlveda — who joined the Senate in 2018 and is running for Bronx Borough President — was released by a judge at his Tuesday night arraignment.
The judge also issued an order of protection at the hearing, barring the lawmaker from going near his estranged wife.
Sepúlveda’s relationship with his wife has been strained in the past, and she had previously sought an order of protection against him — which was later withdrawn, according to the Gotham Gazette.
State Senate leadership will move to strip Sepúlveda of all committee assignments.
“We learned of this disturbing incident this morning. I am immediately removing Senator Sepúlveda as chair of his committee and from all his committe... (Read more)
Unfortunately, this is not the first time allegations of domestic violence have been brought against Senator Sepulveda. We need leadership that empowers women — I’m calling for the Senator to submit his resignation https://t.co/nDH14CddjP— Nathalia Fernández (@Fernandez4NY) January 12, 2021
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