Boynton Police Officer Arrested for Domestic Battery then Placed on Paid Leave


A Boynton Beach police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave after his arrest on a charge of domestic battery this week.

Vinicius Melo, 34, was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on Wednesday, records show. He was released Thursday on his own recognizance.

“This is an active administrative investigation and we are precluded from commenting any further,” said police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater.

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Melo was hired by the department in December 2008, said Andrea Javier of the city’s Human Resources department.

According to a probable-cause affidavit released this week, Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies were called to Melo’s home late Tuesday in response to a 911 hangup. Deputies later spoke with a woman who said she got into a fight with Melo and he already left the scene.

The woman had a cut on her left cheek that ran over the top of her nose, according to the affidavit. She told police Melo appeared to be drunk and had thrown a TV remote control at her.

The affidavit said the device hit the woman in the face and caused her left eye to swell shut. She went to the bathroom to look at her face, but Melo grabbed her in a “bear hug” and wouldn’t let her go. She tried to call 911 but Melo stopped her. She was eventually able to do so.

At Melo’s first-appearance hearing Thursday at the jail, Judge Dina Keever-Agrama ordered that he not possess any weapons, use either alcohol or drugs and have no contact with the victim, court records show. His next hearing is scheduled for June 12.

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