A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officer has been arrested after police say he assaulted and strangled his girlfriend during an argument.
Officer Kevin Marin has been charged with second degree kidnapping, assault by strangulation, assault on a female and damage to property.
Police say the argument happened on Sunday around 3 a.m. They were called to the 2200 block of Hawkins Street to investigate a domestic disturbance.
"I was really surprised to see an officer being charged with something like this," said Devlin Williams, a Hickory Grove area resident.
When officers arrived on scene, they spoke with Kevin Marin and his girlfriend. Officers learned that Marin assaulted and strangled his girlfriend during an argument.
"He was friendly during the encounter that I had with him, said Janyelle Lovett, another Hickory Grove resident. I'm disturbed for one and because he's a police officer sometimes they can take their power into their home. Unfortunately, because he's a police officer we are hearing about it. He's suppose to uphold the law a little better."
Medic responded to the scene and transported the girl to CMC where she was treated and released.
A CMPD supervisor also responded to the incident, which is standard procedure whenever a CMPD officer is involved in a domestic violence assault.
Marin has been transferred to the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office.
Marin was hired by CMPD on September 21, 2015 and is assigned to the Hickory Grove Division. He has been placed on administrative leave without pay and is the subject of a criminal and internal investigation.
Statement from Chief Putney:
“Officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department are expected to conduct themselves to the highest professional standards and will be held accountable when they fail to do so. At no time will this department tolerate behavior that violates the law or our community’s trust.”