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Top DC official arrested for alleged domestic assault

Christopher Rodriguez, assistant city administrator and acting chief technology officer, was arrested at his home in Northwest D.C. on Thursday, a police report says

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A top D.C. official was arrested for an alleged domestic assault, a police report says.

Christopher Rodriguez was arrested at his home in Northwest D.C. early Thursday, the report says. He is the assistant city administrator and acting chief technology officer.

Rodriguez was placed under arrest for simple assault domestic violence and taken to the Second District station, the report says.

He appeared in court Thursday, and the U.S. Attorney's Office declined to press charges, a spokesperson said.

News4 reached out to Rodriguez and is waiting to hear from him.

The mayor's office says Rodriguez has been placed on administrative leave.

Rodriguez is a longtime member of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s administration. He was director of D.C.’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency from 2017 to 2023 and served as incident commander for the District’s response to COVID-19. He was central to the District’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rodriguez is the third high-ranking Bowser administration official to find himself in trouble because of his personal actions. Deputy Mayor John Falcicchio stepped down amid sexual harassment complaints, and Deputy Mayor Chris Geldart was arrested for simple assault in Virginia. Those charges were dropped, but Geldart stepped down after the arrest raised questions about his D.C. residency.

Stay with NBC Washington for more details on this developing story.

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