HEMPSTEAD, NY — An undocumented man who faced deportation after he delivered pizza to an Army base in Brooklyn was arrested Saturday for allegedly pushing and slapping his wife, according to court documents.
Pablo Villavicencio was taken into custody on a criminal mischief charge after a physical argument with his wife at their Hempstead, Long Island home.
According to court documents, Villavicencio allegedly pushed his wife against a wall, slapped her and grabbed her phone when she attempted to call 911.
The Legal Aid Society, which represented Villavicencio in the immigration matter, said in a statement it was “hopeful that this matter will be resolved and that Pablo will secure valid status with the continued assistance of our counsel.”
“The past several months, including Pablo’s detention and threats of imminent deportation, have been traumatic for the Villavicencio family,” the organization said.
The father of two was detained on June 1 after delivering pizza to the Fort Hamilton Army base in Brooklyn. He was seeking to establish legal residency and overcome a 2010 order to leave the country. His wife and two young daughters are U.S. citizens.
Villavicencio, who is a citizen of Ecuador, was released 53 days later.
The AP contributed to this report.