PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Providence police officer was arrested Thursday and charged with domestic simple assault.
Officer Craig Amado, who has only been on the force for four months, allegedly slapped his girlfriend and forced her to the ground in an altercation after she borrowed his car without permission, according to a police report.
According to the report, Amado’s 22-year-old girlfriend of four years — with whom he has a six-month-old baby — told police she borrowed his car on Thursday morning because her own car was not registered.
The alleged victim told police, “a short time later she received a text message from her boyfriend Craig threatening her.”
When she got home, the girlfriend told police, Amado allegedly became aggressive and pushed her. She pushed him back, after which the report says “he turned around and tried to punch her in the face, but missed.”
Amado then “slapped her in the left side of the head three times,” and the girlfriend said she was “taken to the ground forcefully and that he put her arm behind her back.”
The girlfriend kicked Amado in the groin to break free, according to the report, and Amado left and drove away in his car.
Amado, 28, was charged with a misdemeanor count of domestic simple assault. The incident happened on River Avenue in Providence.
Following his arrest by his own police department, Amado was released on personal recognizance and ordered not to have any contact with the girlfriend. He is due in court on Tuesday for an arraignment.
Police released the arrest report on Friday after initially declining to do so.
Police Commander Thomas Verdi said Amado, a graduate of the most recent police academy in June, was off duty at the time of his arrest.
Amado could not immediately be reached for comment, and a lawyer is not yet listed as representing him in court documents.
Police spokesperson Lindsay Lague said Amado has been suspended with pay pending the results of an internal investigation.