Police official arrested
Assistant Chief James Hawthorne is accused of attacking his wife on Sunday morning, according to documents released Tuesday by the Arlington Police Department.
"We are committed to providing a fair and impartial investigation into these allegations. In the interest of maintaining the integrity of the process, it would be inappropriate to comment further on this partial release of information," wrote Police Chief Will Johnson in a prepared statement.
Hawthorne was arrested at his residence in the 6100 block of Sea Island Trail around 1 a.m. Sunday.
The narrative of the incident is redacted from the incident report. However, it alleges Hawthorne used his hands, fist and feet during the attack, which caused "swelling/redness." The report lists the incident as domestic violence.
For the next 61 days, Hawthorne is barred from possessing a firearm, communicating in a threatening or harassing manner with his wife or being within 500 feet of any "residence, business, household or place of employment" where his wife may be. Sixty-one days is the maximum allowed for a Class A assault.
Original report, published 11/17:
An Arlington police official was arrested by his own officers early Sunday morning and charged with assaulting a family member.
According to a statement from the department, police were called to the home of Assistant Chief James Hawthorne in the 6100 block of Sea Island Trail around 1 a.m. to investigate a domestic disturbance.
Hawthorne, who was off-duty, was taken into custody facing charges of assault with bodily injury. Bail had not been set as of 9 a.m. Sunday.
"I am deeply disappointed that an Arlington assistant police chief was involved in an incident of domestic violence," said Police Chief Will Johnson in a written statement. "Regardless of who you are or where you work, domestic violence will not be tolerated or ignored in our community."
Neighbor Christina Ngyuen said she noticed clothes strewn outside the home before police arrived, but added she was surprised by the arrest.
"We would always drive by, and he was always such a friendly man, waving and welcoming us back into the neighborhood," she said.
On Saturday, Hawthorne tweeted about attending a walk to help end domestic violence.
Hawthorne is on administrative leave pending results of his criminal case and an internal investigation.
He has been with the department for 28 years and works in the Community Support Bureau. He was among the applicants for Arlington police chief.