Congressman’s son arrested over ‘altercation’ with Miami commissioner

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Officers arrested US Rep. Carlos Gimenez’s son on Wednesday in Coral Gables after what officers described as an “altercation” at a restaurant.

Miami Commissioner Alex Diaz de la Portilla released a statement describing the incident at Morton’s Steakhouse, at 2333 Ponce de Leon.

“It was more like a flick of his wrist from behind me when I was having lunch as he cowardly approached me from behind and ran away. This guy…appeared to be under the influence.”

When Coral Gables police officers arrived about 2:10 pm, the commissioner’s sergeant at arms was trying to detain Attorney Carlos J. Gimenez, Jr. Chief Edward J. Hudak said he is accused of simple battery.

“I don’t know if he was under the influence,” Hudak said.

The congressman released a statement on Wednesday night saying he was aware of the incident.

Local 10 News Assignment Desk Editor Emily Hales contributed to this report.

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CGPD is investigating an altercation that occurred in the area of ​​Ponce de Leon Blvd / Miracle Mile. The incident involved a City of Miami Commissioner, his Sgt. at Arms (Miami police officer) and a resident. Joint investigation is going on. Press release to follow shortly.

— Coral Gables Police (@CoralGablesPD) February 9, 2022

Statement on today:
“It was more like a flick of his wrist from behind me when I was having lunch as he cowardly approached me from behind and ran away. This guy is not known as a very courageous guy. Actually he’s quite a coward and appeared to be under the influence.”

— Alex Diaz de la Portilla (@alexDLPmiami) February 10, 2022

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