Parlier city councilman arrested on charges of domestic violence, assault to commit rape

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Explosive allegations have been leveled against a Parlier city councilman. The Reedley Police Department has arrested Noe Rodriguez this weekend twice in the same day.

Rodriguez was booked on charges of alleged domestic violence, assault to commit rape, and violating a court order.

Police said Rodriguez’s girlfriend called in an alleged domestic violence in progress between her and Rodriguez around 1 a.m. Sunday. Police are keeping tight lipped on the details, but said they arrested Rodriguez for alleged domestic violence and assault to commit rape.

“I think officers were told it’s about a 2 year long relationship, with them living together for 7 or 8 months here in town,” said Reedley Police Lieutenant Hector Aleman.

A few hours after the arrest, once Rodriguez was released from jail, officers pulled over his girlfriend on Manning near the Kings River bridge for not having a front license plate. Rodriguez was also in the car. Reedley Police arrested Rodriguez again for allegedly violating an emergency protection order. The order was issued earlier that morning meant to keep Rodriguez away from the alleged victim.

“I wouldn’t say it’s unusual for a couple who get involved in this kind of an incident, days or weeks, but I would say in my experience it’s a bit soon,” said Aleman.

Interim City Manager for Parlier, Ron Manfredi, said, “I’ve only heard second hand accounts. I haven’t looked at the police reports. I am supportive of council member Rodriguez in a generic sense in that I know he’s a fine man and this is troubling.”

Voters elected Rodriguez back in November. According to Parlier’s Mayor, Alma Beltran, city council members receive a small stipend but they’ve waived it in order to save money for their police department.

“We want people that are making good choices to represent our city, so it is sad,” said Parlier resident Alicia Ramirez.

Rodriguez called our newsroom late this afternoon calling this a “personal matter.” He remains active on the Parlier City Council.

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