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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Ross Mirkarimi Update: Sheriff Goes "Ballistic" During Fight with Wife, Warrant Says

Posted By on Tue, Jan 17, 2012 at 5:00 PM

click to enlarge The sheriff and his wife ... in happier times - PHOTO BY LUKE THOMAS
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  • The sheriff and his wife ... in happier times

Police Interview Second Witness In Domestic Violence Incident

A copy of Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi's arrest warrant was released to the media today, painting a disturbing picture of what allegedly took place between Mirkarimi and his wife, Eliana Lopez, during a reported New Year's Eve domestic dispute.

According to the warrant, Mirkarimi was taking his family to lunch on Dec. 31 when Lopez asked him if, after his inauguration, she could travel to Venezuela to visit her family with their 2-year-old son, Theo. Mirkarimi reportedly lost his cool, and began screaming "fuck you," to Lopez.

"Fuck you, fuck you, you are trying to take Theo away from me," Mirkarimi reportedly said. He then allegedly turned the car around and told her that he wasn't taking them to eat, saying something to the effect of "she didn't deserve to eat."

The fight escalated when the couple returned to their Western Addition home, where Mirkarimi allegedly pushed, pulled, grabbed, and verbally abused Lopez, according to the document.

Lopez ran outside the house, telling him that she would call the police. The couple's son was screaming and crying, too. Mirkarimi repeatedly apologized to his wife and begged her to come back into the house, per the warrant.

The next day, Lopez visited her neighbor, Ivory Madison, and told her about the domestic violence dispute. She was in tears and asked Madison to video the bruise on her arm, explaining that

she wanted all of it recorded in case Mirkarimi tried to take their son


On Jan. 12 -- after the incident had been reported to police -- officers contacted "another neighbor" who claims Lopez told her about the New Year's Eve fight. She reportedly told the witness that it was the second time in 2011 that Mirkarimi had abused her. She showed her the bruise on her arm, which was a "pretty big" brown injury that appeared to be a hand or finger marks, according to police.

As they were talking, Mirkarimi came home and told Lopez to come inside when they were done talking. She finished the conversation with the neighbor, explaining that she didn't know what to do and that Mirkarimi had warned her he was a very powerful man.

While Lopez was at Madison's house, Mirkarimi saw the two were talking and purportedly told Lopez to come home when she was done. The witness later told police that the couple's young son had said "Daddy made a boo-boo on mommy's arm."

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