More details today on hard-hitting Massachusetts state representative Carlos Henriquez, an early riser who was pinched for kidnapping and assaulting his girlfriend in the wee hours Sunday morning. Oh wait, it was 4:30 am and he was up all night.
Rep. Carlos “Tony” Henriquez of Dorchester, a rising star with deep local political roots, is due to be arraigned today on domestic kidnapping and assault charges stemming after a woman told police the Democratic legislator held her against her will in his car early yesterday and punched her when she tried to get away — charges that have shaken Boston’s political leadership.
“I know Rep. Henriquez to be a good person. It caught me very much off-guard,” said state Rep. Russell Holmes (D-Boston). “Not only was I surprised by it, I was disappointed. I know of nothing violent with Rep. Henriquez. That’s why it seems very much out of character.”
House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo said in a statement the allegations “are disturbing and troubling and should be taken very seriously.” However, he added, “the matter is now being handled by the appropriate authorities, and that process will play out.”
Henriquez, 35, was arrested at 4:30 a.m. after the woman said she jumped out of his rented Toyota Zipcar on Forsyth Way near Northeastern University. The woman — who police say they believe was dating the freshman lawmaker — was not named. She is in her early 20s, Boston police spokesman Officer James Kenneally said. She told police she wanted Henriquez to take her back to her mother’s house in Arlington, and that he refused and punched her. Kenneally said the woman was evaluated by medics, but declined further medical treatment.
As it turns out his mother works for HUD in Washington, DC.
His mother, Sandra Henriquez, assistant secretary for public and Indian housing for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C., also did not respond to requests for comment. His late father, Julio Henriquez, was executive director of Boston Against Drugs under Mayor Raymond L. Flynn.
Henriquez was elected in 2010 to the 5th Suffolk District seat and has been widely viewed among Boston pols as a rising star, focused on helping the community move on after recent corruption scandals.
A rising star? This should really give him some street cred with the violent left.
Update: Via Howie Carr, look who Henriquez appeared with on July 4.
The photo below was tweeted by Henriquez, who has quite the Twitter habit. Saturday evening, he tweeted from a disorderly block party in Uphams Corner, “It is a peaceful loving event. Thanks for the love.”
For more of the solon’s tweets last evening about peace and love in the city of Boston, before being arrrested on charges of taking a personal hand in the “war on women,” click here to read the Boston Herald’s account. This story is so appalling that even the corrupt Globe felt compelled to report the arrest.
How many more, Mistah Speakah!?! How many more!?
Postscript:: Henriquez’s mom used to run the Boston Housing Authority. In 2009 Obama named her to be his assistant secretary for Public and Indian Housing in the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Yes, you read that correctly — Indian Housing. Perhaps that’s what Rep. Henriquez was discussing with the fake Indian on Independence Day.
Also, it’s reported Henriquez not only punched out this young lady, he also tried to strangle her.
The woman allegedly assaulted by Representative Carlos Henriquez told Boston police that he repeatedly punched her with a closed fist, strangled her, and that she managed to get away from him only by jumping out of a moving car as it slowed down in the Fenway early Sunday.
The new details of the incident that led to the arrest of the Dorchester lawmaker surfaced in Roxbury Municipal Court today where the 35-year-old Henriquez pleaded not guilty to all charges and was released on $1,000 cash bail.
Only $1000 bail for this animal? Really?