CMPD officer arrested for allegedly choking girlfriend

(Source: Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office)
(Source: Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office)

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A Charlotte police officer was arrested for reportedly assaulting his girlfriend Sunday morning.

According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, 25-year-old Kevin Marin strangled his girlfriend during an argument around 3 a.m. in the 2200 block of Hawkins Street in south Charlotte.

Police say the woman was treated and released from Carolinas Medical Center.

Marin is charged with second-degree kidnapping, assault by strangulation, assault on a female and damage to property.

Neighbors who live in the neighborhood where this incident happened told WBTV they don't think Marin should still be a police officer, if these allegations are true.

"He certainly should not be policing other people and holding them to standards that he cannot withhold himself," said Reed Shimberg.

Marin was hired by CMPD in September 2015, police say. He was assigned to patrol the Hickory Grove Division, according to CMPD.

Neighbors who live in the Hickory Grove Division said incidents like this make them lose trust in CMPD officers.

"If he does these things to someone who is really close to him, what do you expect his reactions in different cases," said Lorena Munoz.

CMPD Police Chief Kerr Putney released the following statement:

"Officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department are expected to conduct themselves to the highest professional standards and will be held accountable when they fail to do so. At no time will this department tolerate behavior that violates the law or our community's trust."

CMPD says Marin has been placed on administrative leave without pay during a criminal investigation.

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