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Hidalgo police chief arrested

December 28, 2018

A Texas border town police chief was arrested Thursday morning on a domestic violence charge.

Hidalgo Police Chief Rudy Espinoza, 64, was arrested by Hidalgo County sheriff’s deputies on suspicion of assault causing bodily injury to a family member, jail records showed.

Deputies were called to Inspiration Road in Mission to respond to the call around 11:39 p.m. Wednesday, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

Espinoza’s wife, who had visible minor injuries, told deputies she was assaulted by the police chief, officials said.

Deputies spoke to Espinoza and determined they had enough evidence to arrest him on the domestic violence charge, according to the news release.

Hidalgo City Manager Julian Gonzalez did not respond to requests seeking comment on the arrest Thursday.

Espinoza has been Hidalgo’s police chief since 2012, according to the Brownsville Herald.

Espinoza has been suspended by the city with pay since October, ValleyCentral.com reported. The city was investigating him for workplace misconduct and alleged conflicts of interest, according to the report.

The chief was given a $5,000 personal recognizance bond Thursday. Records showed Espinoza remained in jail Thursday.

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