WASHINGTON (DC News Now) — Charges were dropped against D.C. Assistant City Administrator Dr. Christopher Rodriguez who was accused of assaulting his wife.
Lawyers for the couple provided a statement on behalf of the Rodriguezes to DC News Now:
Dr. Rodriguez and Mrs. Rodriguez agree that a family medical emergency has created extreme stress and anxiety, and they wish to prioritize their children’s health and well-being. The parties agree that on November 2, 2023, neither party physically harmed the other, nor did they intend for any party to be arrested as a result of their verbal dispute. Mrs. Rodriguez did not encourage nor request any charges to be brought against Dr. Rodriguez, and the charges against him were dropped. Both parties wish to move forward to work amicably, and they request privacy at this time to focus on their children.
Amy Spain, Counsel for Dr. Rodriguez, and Katherine O’Rourke, Counsel for Mrs. Rodriguez
During a press event Monday, Mayor Muriel Bowser confirmed Rodriguez was still on administrative leave and an internal investigation was underway.
A petition for a protective order against Chris Rodriguez filed by his wife was later dismissed with prejudice at her request.
In the documents filed in DC Superior Court, his wife alleged a recent history of stalking behavior, hacking into her computer, picking locks to rooms she had hid inside of, and throwing coffee mugs at walls.
When asked Monday, the Mayor didn’t say whether or not she read the court documents.
“I’m aware of a police report and that a TRO has been filed. I’ve been briefed on the police report and I’m not going to comment any further on it,” said Bowser.
That police report from last week only lays out what was alleged to have happened last Wednesday.
Rodriguez was charged with simple assault on after his wife told police he pushed her onto the ground in their home in Northwest.
The incident took place on Nov. 1, according to the report filed with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).
According to the police report, the Rodriguezes’ daughter told police that she heard a verbal argument between her parents, but she didn’t see any physical fight take place. It also noted that Rodriguez’s wife did not have any visible injuries. Police placed Rodriguez under arrest for Simple Assault Domestic Violence.
Rodriguez serves as both Assistant City Administrator and Acting Chief Technology Officer.
He is the third high-profile member of Bowser’s administration to face accusations or charges in little more than a year.