Former Mayor Off The Hook For Battery Charge

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A battery charge against former Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez has been dismissed.

This after the person he allegedly assaulted, his ex-girlfriend, failed to show up Monday in court to testify against him.

“It’s really not a day about being happy because it’s been extremely hard for me, I’m sure for Evelyn, for her family and for my family,” said Alvarez outside of the courthouse.

Alvarez, 63, was arrested April 27th after he reportedly got into a fight with Evelyn Fernandez when she went to his condo to return his cat.

“The defendant grabbed the victim by both arms and pinned her against the wall in the building’s parking garage. The defendant began spitting at the victim while he was yelling profanities at her,” states the arrest affidavit.

Evelyn Fernandez says former Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez "was a good man and he changed." (Source: CBS4)

Evelyn Fernandez says former Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez “was a good man and he changed.” (Source: CBS4)

Alvarez and Fernandez, who is a lieutenant with the Miami-Dade Police Department, were in a relationship for 14 years.

“Based on the victim’s sworn statement and the sworn statement of her teenage daughter, a pattern of domestic violence has developed since 2013 until present,” according to the police report.

Fernandez said the verbal and physical abuse by Alvarez escalated after he began a bodybuilding career.

In July, Fernandez was arrested after she allegedly broke into Alvarez’s condo and caused a significant amount of damage.

She was charged with burglary and criminal mischief valued at over $1,000. She remains suspended with pay.

As for Alvarez’s battery charges, he says there’s more to the story.

“There’s two sides to every story. My side had never been told,” said Alvarez.

Alvarez was named director of Miami-Dade Police in 1997 and elected county mayor nine years later. However, following a raise in property taxes and the controversial plan to use public money to build Marlins Park in Little Havana, among other criticisms, he was recalled.

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