CMPD officer arrested for false imprisonment involving domestic incident

CMPD officer arrested for false imprisonment involving domestic incident

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - CMPD arrested a police officer for false imprisonment involving a domestic incident Friday.

CMPD Officer Joseph Carranti, 26, was charged with one count of false imprisonment, a Class 1 misdemeanor.

On Thursday, someone notified detectives of a domestic-related incident involving Officer Carranti that happened while he was off-duty on Friday, May 24.

Information gathered during the investigation indicated that Officer Carranti had intentionally and unlawfully restrained an individual without their consent.

CMPD says Carranti and the victim were in relationship and the incident happened at residence where they lived.

On Thursday, CMPD detectives presented the case to a magistrate and a warrant was issued. Carranti was arrested by detectives and taken to the Mecklenburg County Intake Center for processing.

In addition, a Mecklenburg County District Court judge granted the victim a domestic violence protective order. The order prevents Carranti from having any contact with the victim for 10 days. Carranti will be served with the order prior to leaving the Mecklenburg County Intake Center.

According to the order, the victim said she and Carranti moved in together two weeks ago.

The victim said “the defendant is becoming more and more erratic. He is controlling and jealous. The defendant slammed the door on the plaintiff’s foot and told her he was going to kill himself and that he couldn’t live without her."

The victim said Carrenti had a rifle, handgun and shotgun.

The protection order says “the defendant has frequently pulled his taser out and said (jokingly) ‘don’t make me use my taser.’ The order says the plaintiff is afraid for her safety and the safety the minor child.”

The protection order doesn't say whose child it is.

Carranto has been ordered to stay away from the woman and the child.

The protection order is for 10 days then the two will have to go before a judge again to see if the order should be extended to a year.

Officer Carranti, who is assigned as a patrol officer to the DWI Task Force, has been placed on unpaid administrative leave.

He has been employed by CMPD since Feb. 23, 2015.

Police say as is standard procedure when an officer is accused of a crime, a separate internal investigation is being conducted to determine whether Carranti violated any CMPD policies or procedures.

“As officers we are charged with upholding the law. Breaking it is a violation of both the law and our oath. Anyone who breaks the law will always be held accountable for his or her actions just like any other member of our community.” a statement from Chief Kerr Putney read.

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