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Legislator files complaint after post-concert altercation at elevator

Rep. Jorge Navarro Suárez

By The Star Staff

New Progressive Party (NPP) Rep. Jorge Navarro Suárez filed a complaint on Sunday alleging he was assaulted by another man as he was leaving a concert at José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum in Hato Rey.

It was the second time since 2018 that the lawmaker had been involved in a physical altercation. The lawmaker did not answer requests for comment.

In the complaint, Navarro Suárez stated that at about 11:55 p.m. on Oct. 1 while he was leaving a concert at the coliseum and was about to look for his vehicle in the coliseum parking lot, he had an altercation outside an elevator with an individual who insulted him and hit him in the face. As a result of the incident, the lawmaker suffered a contusion in the area of his mouth, he said in the complaint.

The case was referred to the Assaults Division of the San Juan Criminal Investigations Corps, which is handling the investigation.

House NPP Minority Leader Carlos ‘’Johnny’’ Méndez Nuñez said Navarro Suárez ‘’has to do an act of introspection’’ and ‘’self-evaluate’’ after he was involved in yet another brawl.

Méndez Nuñez said Navarro Suárez told him that he got involved in a squabble with another person, whom the legislator identified as artist William Bass Morales, near the parking lot elevator and that it was captured on video.

The lawmaker filed a complaint against Bass Morales.

‘’I called him [Sunday] and asked him to explain to me what had happened and I told him that if it was like he told me, he should act on the matter,’’ Méndez Nuñez said in an interview with local news outlet NotiCel.

‘’I believe that he, like on other occasions, has to do an act of introspection,” Méndez Nuñez added. “He has to assess himself.”

A previous occasion in which Navarro Suárez hit the headlines because of his involvement in a brawl was in 2018, when the legislator got involved in a fight at a restaurant with another individual who was accompanied by two women.

The lawmaker, at the time, said he had been drinking but was not drunk.

A year later, a video of Navarro Suárez, seemingly drunk, on Black Friday in 2019 at the Placita in Santurce went viral, and earlier this year a video of him sleeping during a legislative session also went viral.

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