The village’s mayor, arrested for domestic battery this week, said he and his wife are working to move forward after a “heated argument” led to him spending a night in jail.
Royal Palm Beach Mayor Fred Pinto was arrested Monday after he said he and wife were arguing, and she slipped and fell outside their home.
“She was upset, so she called 911,” he said, adding that she hoped to “cool down” the argument by bringing in the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.
“Apparently the way they cool it down is they take you in,” Pinto said.
According to an arrest report made public Wednesday, the victim — the report is redacted and does not specify that it was Pinto’s wife — told a responding deputy the two were arguing when she did something “to allow the neighbors to hear how verbally abusive Frederick was to her.” Pinto said she had opened the door, and he tried to close it. That’s when she fell.
The victim showed a deputy a small cut on her left knuckle that she said happened during the argument, the report states.
Both Pinto and his wife went before a Palm Beach County judge Tuesday morning and explained the situation, he said, and the couple now hopes to move forward.
“Anybody who’s been married understands, you have good days and you have not-so-good days,” he said.
According to the arrest report, Pinto said the couple “have not been getting along for quite a while; the two constantaly (sic) argue.”
Pinto does not plan to address his arrest at the regularly scheduled Royal Palm Beach village council meeting that begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. “This is a personal issue,” he said. “This is not directly related to village business.”
Pinto also said public comments during the meeting should refrain from addressing his arrest. “I will not permit those kind of comments to be made,” he said, adding that because they do not relate to village business, they would be “totally inappropriate.”
“This is a personal issue,” he said again. “I recognize as a public figure that everyone wants to know what’s going on.”
According to Palm Beach County court documents, this was Pinto’s first arrest. The charge is a misdemeanor. He is expected back in court for an arraignment on Dec. 11, according to court records.
Pinto was first elected to Royal Palm Beach’s council in 2003. He won his seat as mayor in March 2016, following behind former mayor Matty Mattioli, who served more than 20 years on the council. Previously, Pinto worked for more than 20 years as a technology executive for Wall Street investment firms.
His two-year term as mayor ends in March 2018. He said he plans to continue his run for re-election.
Pinto’s fellow Royal Palm Beach council members did not return calls seeking comment.