Metro police arrested one of their own Thursday night for allegedly assaulting his live-in girlfriend last Friday.
According to police, patrol officer Charlie Banks, 38, was charged with felony aggravated assault for allegedly hitting his girlfriend in the face and trying to strangle her at the couple’s Bellevue apartment last week.
The 26-year-old victim didn’t report the crime immediately but told a police employee on Monday what had happened, prompting a domestic violence investigation, according to the department.
Police reported that during the alleged assault the victim’s dog bit Banks on his right arm, allowing the victim to escape to a relative’s home. Banks was later arrested following his release from a hospital visit resulting from the dog bite.
Banks, who has been decommissioned from the police department and is under an internal investigation, graduated from the police academy three years ago. His bond was set at $3,500.
He is set to appear in court next Wednesday.