Representative Carlos Henriquez allegedly punched and strangled woman who jumped to safety from moving car
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.
Accompanied by about eight supporters, Henriquez wore a black suit and stood expressionless with his hands clasped in front of him during the 10-minute-long court hearing before Judge Kenneth Fiandaca.
Henriquez did not speak in court, nor did he speak with reporters following his arraignment. His attorney, Stephanie Soriano-Mills, said Henriquez will resolve the charges in court.
In a Boston police report filed in court, Katherine Gonzalves told Boston police that she and Henriquez were friends and who had recently embarked on an “intimate relationship’’ within the past month.
Gonzalves told police that Henriquez came to her mother’s home around 2 a.m. and picked her up, telling her that he wanted to discuss their relationship. She said the conversation turned tense, and that Henriquez spent the next two hours driving around downtown Boston, and along Storrow Drive and into the Fenway neighborhood - assaulting her and refusing to let her out of his car.
“Ms. Gonzalves stated that Mr. Henriquez had punched her with a closed fist repeatedly and strangled her while she was in his motor vehicle,’’ police wrote in the report. “Ms. Gonzalves stated that every time she attempted to jump out of the car the suspect (Henriquez) grabbed her wrists to prevent her from jumping out of the motor vehicle.’’
During the two hours in the car, police said in the report, Henriquez allegedly seized Gonzalves’s cell phone and removed the battery and SIM card, rendering it useless to her, police said in the report.
As the car slowed on Forsyth Street, Gonzalves told police, she jumped out of the still-moving car, leaving her right sandal behind. “Officers observed scuff marks on Ms. Gonsalves right shin and multiple bruises on her arms and wrists,’’ police wrote.
She declined medical attention.
According to the police report, after she got into the car with Henriquez, her mother called her. Gonsalves asked to be taken home, prompting Henriquez to ask, “I came here all the way for what?”
In court today, among those showing support for Henriquez today were John Barros, executive director of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, and Darnell Williams of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts. Henriquez was president of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative board of directors from 2007 to 2011.
Henriquez was arrested around 4:30 a.m. Sunday on charges of domestic assault and battery and domestic kidnapping near Forsyth Street, Boston police said.
Henriquez, was released on $1,000 cash bail today, the same bail he posted following his arrest.
Henriquez’s mother, Sandra B. Henriquez, has been assistant secretary for public and Indian housing in the US Department of Housing and Urban Development since June 2009.