Mendota police made a traffic stop and arrested the city’s mayor, Rolando Jose Castro, early Sunday morning for alleged domestic violence.
Castro, 38, posted bond on bail of $25,000 and was released from the Fresno County Jail at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday.
Mendota police said they responded to a domestic violence call at 3:45 a.m. in the 300 block of Blanco Street in Mendota, but Castro had left the residence. They then arrested him after locating his vehicle.
Castro’s first scheduled court date is Feb. 23.
ABC30 reported Monday that, according to the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office, Castro pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic violence in 2005.
Re-Elected to City Council in November
Castro won re-election to the Mendota City Council in November by finishing third with 16% of the vote in a field of eight candidates battling for three seats.
He has served on the city council since first winning office in 2014.
Reach Out for Help
If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, help is available by calling one of the hotlines below:
- National Domestic Violence Hotline
(800) 799-SAFE (7233)
- Rape Counseling Service & Hotline
(559) 222-RAPE (7273)
- Elder Abuse Hotline/Adult Protective Services
(800) 418-1426 or (559) 600-3383
- Marjaree Mason 24-hour Hotline
(559) 233-4357 Help Line or
(559) 237-4706 Business Center
- Carmen Meza Center in Kerman
Hotline: (559) 222-7273
- Babies First – Mom & Kids Hotline