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Pico Rivera City Councilman David Armenta Slapped With Temporary Restraining Order from Female

Pico Rivera City Councilman David Armenta.

Pico Rivera City Councilman David Armenta.

UPDATE AT 3:10 p.m.: Pico Rivera Sheriff’s Captain James Thronton confirmed to HMG-CN that he was “aware of the Temporary Restraining Order” filed against Councilman Armenta, but that his department has not “taken any action on the matter at this time.”  Thornton said that he and his department will continue to follow the progress of the case.  “These type of cases do take place, and we will will make sure that the law is upheld in this situation.” 

Original article posted at 2:47 p.m., September 18, 2013:

By Brian Hews and Brian Hews

Hews Media Group – Community Newspaper has obtained documents filed with the Los Angeles County Superior Court asking for a Temporary Restraining Order and a Request for Domestic Violence Restraining Order that accuse longtime member of the Pico Rivera City Council David Armenta of stalking and harassing a woman with whom Armenta  had a personal relationship for the past several years.

Armenta has been ordered to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on October 1, Department P, Room 503, at 8:30 a.m.  The female victim will seek to have a Permanent Restraining Order issued against Armenta during that hearing.

Hews Media Group-Community Newspaper has interviewed the female involved in the matter who is also the mother of three children.  The PRO also demands that Armenta not have any contact with the two children who are listed as being age 18 and 14.

HMG-CN obtained copies of the order and has decided not to publish the name of the parties involved in the matter at the request of the complainant.  A redacted copy of the 12 page document can be found at the end of this article.

The female victim wrote in her complaint that she wanted Armenta  “not write letters to my place of employment or to anyone to defame my name of character, and to leave me alone.”

The victim claims in the court document that the last time she and Armenta had contact with each other was “three weeks ago,” in late August. “He (Armenta) followed me for a few blocks honking his horn and calling me a whore, bitch, slut, etc.,” the victim states. “He (Armenta) would have continued, but he saw that I was turning into my block.”

The TRO also claims that Armenta is “believed to  possess guns, firearms and/or ammunition.”

HMG-CN left messages with Armenta and Pico Rivera City Manager Ron Bates as well as Pico Rivera Sheriff’s Captain James Thornton about the situation and as of 12:10 p.m. on Wednesday calls had not been returned. Armenta is seeking reelection in the upcoming November 5th city council election in Pico Rivera.



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