In a sight that would have been unthinkable five years ago, former Miami-Dade mayor and top cop Carlos Alvarez appeared in court Thursday shackled and dressed in a red jail jumpsuit, charged with violently grabbing his ex-girlfriend and spitting at her.
Alvarez, 63, made his first appearance in Miami-Dade Circuit Court. He will be released from jail later Thursday after posting a $1,500 bond for the misdemeanor battery charge. He must also stay away from firearms.
“I don’t own any guns,” the former Miami-Dade police director told the judge.
He was also ordered to stay away Evelyn Fernandez, his longtime companion with whom he has had a tumultuous relationship in recent years. His arrest Wednesday was a startling development for a former politician who has kept a largely low profile since he was booted from office in a stunning recall vote in 2011.
His defense lawyer, Douglas Hartman, told reporters that Alvarez will fight the allegations and — suggested that Fernandez is the true aggressor, showing up at his home repeatedly.
“He denies everything,” Hartman said.
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