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California police request abuse charge for assistant chief

Posted: 11:00 AM, Sep 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-14 14:00:47-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) - A California police department has requested a domestic abuse charge be filed against one of its assistant chiefs.

The Bakersfield Police Department says the case against Assistant Chief Evan Demestihas has been submitted to the Kings County District Attorney's Office.

Demestihas was arrested Sept. 4 after police were called to a lounge to check on a woman. Investigators determined the woman was the victim of a domestic violence incident and identified Demestihas as a suspect.

He could not be reached for comment.

KBAK-TV reported Friday that the police department is recommending one count of domestic abuse.

Police say the assistant chief will be placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the criminal and administrative investigations.