Bronx state senator turns himself in for allegedly assaulting wife



Bronx state Sen. Luis Sepúlveda turned himself in to the NYPD Tuesday morning for allegedly choking his wife during a fight, according to police sources. 

Sepúlveda, 56, and his estranged wife, Elizabeth Sepúlveda, 40, filed separate reports accusing each other of assault during a domestic dispute on Saturday.

The top Bronx Democrat — who chaired the state Senate Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections Committee — was charged with criminal obstruction of breathing, sources said.

The lawmaker allegedly strangled his wife after she punched him during an argument inside their Daly Avenue apartment in West Farms, police sources said, adding the injuries were minor and cops observed no bruising on either spouse when they arrived. 

It was unclear whether his wife will be arrested, police sources said, adding it would be up to the Bronx district attorney. 

Luis Sepúlveda — who joined the Senate in 2018 and is running for Bronx Borough President — was released by a judge at his Tuesday night arraignment.

The judge also issued an order of protection at the hearing, barring the lawmaker from going near his estranged wife.

Sepúlveda’s relationship with his wife has been strained in the past, and she had previously sought an order of protection against him — which was later withdrawn, according to the Gotham Gazette


State Senate leadership stripped Sepúlveda of all committee assignments.

State Senate leadership will move to strip Sepúlveda of all committee assignments.

“We learned of this disturbing incident this morning. I am immediately removing Senator Sepúlveda as chair of his committee and from all his committee assignments,” announced state Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers) in a prepared statement.

“I take these allegations extremely seriously and will be monitoring this situation closely.”

State Assemblywoman Nathalia Fernandez (D-Bronx), who is also running for Bronx Borough President, called for the senator’s resignation.

“Unfortunately, this is not the first time allegations of domestic violence have been brought against the Senator,” she said in a statement. “We need leadership that empowers women. I am calling for the Senator to drop out of the race for Bronx Borough President and submit his resignation from the Senate immediately.” 

State Senate Republicans similarly decried the news.

“As Chair of the Crime Victims, Crime & Correction Committee, Senator Sepúlveda has an obligation to protect vulnerable individuals. Instead, he has advanced harmful policies that have made it more difficult for our law enforcement officials to do their jobs, and made our communities less safe,” said state Sen. Minority Leader Rob Ortt (R-Lockport). 

“As an alleged abuser himself, he has no right leading that committee, and these allegations must be promptly investigated. If these allegations are true, he should resign immediately.”

In a statement, Sepúlveda’s lawyer, Marvin Ray Raskin, called it a “false accusation” and noted the pair were in the midst of a divorce.

“All allegations must be taken seriously and investigated to the full extent of the law, which is why the Senator is committed to and will proactively provide full transparency as this matter is resolved,” he said.


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