Domestic Violence Family Law

L.A. TV Reporter Arrested for Domestic Violence

After allegedly throwing a flower pot as his wife, a Los Angeles TV reporter has been arrested and charged with felony domestic violence.

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is legally defined as: a pattern of coercive and controlling behaviors and tactics that are employed by one person to gain power and control over another person. These behaviors include verbal abuse, financial abuse, emotional, sexual, and physical abuse. A felony domestic violence charge is a domestic violence situation that occurs between either people who are dating, parents and children, same-sex partners, and other residents of the same household. This type of charge is usually filed as the result of assault and battery between two spouses. This charge can also involve other crimes such as rape, sexual assaults, or kidnapping.

The Domestic Violence Attack

Carlos Zapata, 51, allegedly threw a flower pot at his wife during an argument at the couple’s home in Sherman Oaks. According to an LAPD spokesman, the flower pot struck the woman “full force.” Zapata is a reporter with the Spanish-language station KWHY-TV. He sometimes covers crime. According to the biography that used to be posted on KWHY’s website, Zapata is an award-winning journalist having worked in the U.S., Mexico and Puerto Rico.

If Convicted of Felony Domestic Violence

If convicted, he faces 10 years in state prison. He’s being charged with two counts of injuring a spouse, including one that resulted in great bodily damage. Zapata will be arraigned on Dec. 24.

Previous Attack

During his arrest, his wife told authorities of another fight the two had in November. According to her, that fight also ended in an attack.


Source: LA Times, TV reporter charged after seriously injuring wife with flower pot: D.A., December 10, 2014

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