Hiram Monserrate’s girlfriend wants prosecutors to drop assault charges against the embattled Queens pol, despite telling cops last week that he slashed her in a jealous rage, law enforcement sources said yesterday.
Karla Giraldo told cops Monserrate cut her face with a broken drinking glass after he discovered she had another man’s police union card in her purse, sources said.
Monserrate, a former cop, demanded to know more about the other man and why Giraldo accepted his Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association card, a perk usually given to close friends or family, sources said.
“He was jealous. It was in her purse. He didn’t like her explanations, and it got nasty,” a law enforcement source said.
After the confrontation inside Monserrate’s Jackson Heights apartment early Friday, Giraldo needed more than 20 stitches to close the gash over her left eye.
Monserrate, a city councilman who has just been elected to the state Senate, initially tried to stanch the blood himself, cops said. When the bleeding wouldn’t stop, he took Giraldo to Long Island Jewish Medical Center, sources said.
Monserrate, 41, can be seen on security video grabbing Giraldo by the arm as he steered her out of his apartment, sources said.
A doctor at the hospital called police after Giraldo, 30, told staff that Monserrate had attacked her, sources said.
Giraldo decided not to cooperate with investigators when she saw the senator-elect was about to be arrested.
“When the cuffs came out, her story changed. Now she doesn’t want him to be charged. Now she is saying it is an accident, that he tripped,” a law enforcement source said.
Monserrate said the injuries were an accident, claiming he tripped while holding a glass of water and Giraldo was injured by the shattered glass.
He was charged with felony assault. A spokeswoman for the Queens district attorney’s office said the case was under investigation.
Sen. Martin Golden (R-Brooklyn) yesterday unveiled a resolution hoping to delay Monserrate from taking office until the end of next month, which could throw the election of new Senate leadership into chaos.
Shelley Mayer, chief legal counsel to Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm Smith, said there was nothing in the state Constitution or law to prevent Monserrate from taking office prior to a conviction for a felony.
Marcia Pappas, president of the state chapter of the National Organization for Women, told the Daily News Monserrate should not take office until the charges against him were resolved.
“Certainly if there’s an indication that he’s a perpetrator of domestic violence, the leadership in the Senate needs to take the appropriate steps,” she said.
If convicted of a felony, Monserrate would automatically lose his Senate seat.With Joe Gould and Kenneth Lovett
Source: NY Daily News