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Thursday, August 2, 2012
NYPD officer arrested on rape charge
An NYPD officer was arrested Wednesday night for raping at gunpoint a woman he once dated, police sources and family members said.
Arthur Roldan, 28, was collared in Brooklyn around 8 p.m. and charged with rape, menacing and assault, cops said.
Roldan was off-duty when he allegedly attacked the woman in a parking lot on Father Capodanno Blvd. on Staten Island around 11 p.m. Tuesday, police sources said.
“My son is innocent,” the officer’s mother, Elizabeth Roldan, said when reached by phone early Thursday morning, but declined to comment further.
“This is not in his character, he is a police officer,” his aunt, who only gave her name as Nancy, said in his defense. “He’s never been a problem, he’s never had a problem in his life.”
Roldan works in Brooklyn’s 78th Precinct in Park Slope and lives on Staten Island, the sources added. He joined the force on July 10, 2006, and had a salary of $56,609 in 2011, records show.
He has been suspended without pay, officials said. Police did not release the age of the victim, but a family member said his accuser was a woman he had dated.
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