The Criminal Investigation Corps (CIC) of the Police has already interviewed several of the witnesses of the alleged altercation that occurred between the president of the Chamber, Rafael “Tatito” Hernandez Montanezand the former basketball player Antonio “Puruco” Latimer, which caused the latter to file a complaint against the legislative leader for aggression.
Hernandez Montanez, however, could not be interviewed, confirmed the Press Office of the Police Bureau. “The president of the Chamber is traveling, so the interview will take place upon his return. But, in the meantime, interviews have continued, including with the complainant.”it was reported at the request of The new day.
A group of representatives – among them Hernandez Montanez – travels this week to Washington DC to lobby for Puerto Rico to join the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Last week it was the members of the Senate who traveled to the federal capital with the same assignment. The Chamber recessed its work until September 25.
When presenting his complaint to the authorities, Latimer alleged that the legislator “put his hands on me,” but did not offer more details about the events, which occurred on Friday during a community session of the House of Representatives in the Luis Llorens Torres residential complex. , in San Juan, where the former player of the National Basketball Team and the National Superior Basketball (BSN) resides.
Hernandez Montanez, for his part, assured that it was Latimer who approached him “in an erratic and violent tone” to question him about the contract granted to former senator Hector Martinez as an examining officer in the Department of Education.
“In this exchange, he behaved violently, used profanity and continually warned that he would take justice into his own hands,” the representative said. “There were several witnesses who witnessed this aggressive and intemperate behavior, constituting the crime of disturbing the peace,” said the chamber leader in written statements.
He said that he accepted an invitation from the former basket owner to talk – yesterday, Saturday – about the needs of the community, but the meeting did not end on the best terms. “Mr. Latimer once again became the violent, erratic and intemperate person of yesterday, which caused me to leave the place,” argued the legislator.
“I am available to collaborate in the investigation that the Police Bureau carries out in due time, with the appearance of the multiple witnesses who deny the version outlined in the complaint presented by Mr. Latimer“added Hernandez Montanez.
The legislative leader was not available today for additional expressions.
Hernandez Montanez recently announced his aspirations for the mayor of Dorado under the banner of the Popular Democratic Party (PPD).