Mayor of Sanger arrested on domestic violence charges, deputies say


SANGER, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) – The mayor of Sanger has been arrested by police on domestic violence charges early Wednesday morning, according to Fresno County sheriff’s officials.

Eli Ontiveros, 44 of Sanger, was arrested by Sanger police officers around 12:30 a.m. for “inflicting corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant,” according to authorities.

Ontiveros was elected as the mayor of Sanger in 2020 with his term set to expire in November of 2022. Deputies say his bail is set at $25,000. Ontiveros was booked into Fresno County jail where he remains as of Wednesday morning.

The Sanger Police Department released the following statement after the arrest:

“On 12/21/21, Sanger officers were dispatched to a residence in the 2600 block of Mary Ave in the City of Sanger, regarding a domestic disturbance. When officers arrived they conducted an investigation and subsequently arrested Eli Ontiveros for felony domestic violence.

Mr. Ontiveros is the City of Sanger Mayor. While Sanger Police Department conducted the initial investigation and arrest, all follow-up investigations will be handled by the Fresno County Sheriff’s Department. Further inquiry regarding this investigation should be directed to the Fresno County Sheriff’s office.”

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