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Paterson councilman Luis Velez arrested for alleged violation of restraining order

By Jayed Rahman
Published: April 17, 2019

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Councilman Luis Velez was escorted out of City Hall by a police officer on Tuesday night for allegedly violating a restraining order.

Velez, who is involved in a messy domestic violence case with his wife, Evelyn Sanchez, was at City Hall for a workshop meeting.

Both publicly exchanged accusation of domestic violence last week.

A police officer walked him out of the building at about 8:20 p.m. He was not placed in handcuffs.

Velez, who represents the 5th Ward, was put inside a police car and presumably taken to the Frank X. Graves Public Safety building.

Velez is accused of violating a restraining order, according to a law enforcement source.

The arrest will not affect his role as a councilman. Violation of a restraining order is a fourth-degree offense, according to the source. State law says a person convicted of a third-degree offense or above has to forfeit public office.

Velez could not be reached for comments on Wednesday morning. His attorney, Michael DeMarco, also could not be reached for comments.

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