Garner police officer charged with assaulting women


GARNER, N.C. (AP) — A Garner police officer has been placed on administrative leave after being arrested and charged with attacking two women.

Multiple media outlets reported that 26-year-old Silvestre Mendoza of Willow Spring was arrested by Johnston County sheriff’s deputies Sunday and charged with two counts of assault on a female.

An arrest warrant says Mendoza was accused of hitting a woman Friday. The warrant says he is charged with biting another woman Saturday.

Mendoza would not talk about the charges Monday. He says he does not yet have an attorney.

Garner police say Mendoza was hired March 21 and was assigned to the patrol division.

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