SDPD sergeant arrested after allegedly attacking girlfriend


San Diego police Sgt. Oscar Armenta (Photo: San Diego Police Officers Association)

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SAN DIEGO -- An off-duty San Diego police sergeant has been arrested after allegedly beating up his girlfriend on a public street over the weekend.

A San Diego Police Department spokesman confirmed that Sgt. Oscar Armenta was arrested over the weekend for domestic violence. Armenta, a 13-year veteran of the department, was booked into county jail. Armenta has been placed on administrative leave during the ongoing investigation, police said.

"We hold ourselves to the highest standards and take the conduct of all our employees very seriously.  This matter will be investigated thoroughly and (Armenta) is facing both criminal and administrative consequences as a result of this incident," SDPD Lt. Scott Wahl said in a written statement Tuesday.

FOX 5 has learned that Armenta was promoted to sergeant fairly recently and has served multiple roles on the police force, including a patrol officer, working with the gang suppression unit, the criminal intelligence unit and the homicide unit.

According to unconfirmed reports,  Armenta was arrested Sunday evening for allegedly beating up his girlfriend in the Gaslamp Quarter near the corner of 7th and Island. Several people reportedly witnessed the attack and some those witnesses pulled Armenta off the unidentified woman who is believed to be his girlfriend.

Armenta was released from jail after posting $25,000 bail. He is scheduled to appear in court on July 11.

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