Jul 10, 2012 1:07 PM GMT
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.