Affidavit: Assistant DA charged with family violence placed forearm against girlfriend's throat

EL PASO, Texas - Police arrested an assistant district attorney with the Office of District Attorney Jaime Esparza after the man allegedly assaulted his girlfriend.

34-year-old Aaron Shnider is charged with Assault/Family Violence and Impeding Breath/Circulation/Family Violence, according to complaint affidavits obtained by ABC-7.

Jail record show Shnider bonded about an hour after his arrest.

The assistant district attorney is accused of assaulting his girlfriend twice the morning of February 1, 2017.

The victim told police she had gone out for dinner with some friends while her boyfriend was working the previous night. She told police she was being "silly" and decided to hide in the closet when her boyfriend got home that night.

At about 12:30 am, the woman briefly observed her boyfriend's movements while hiding in the closet and noticed he got a beer from the fridge and appeared to be upset.

When she exited the closet, a "verbal altercation ensued," the document states, "The victim stated defendant grabbed and pushed her to the floor of the living room causing her pain and discomfort."

The woman told police she "felt pain to the left shin area of her lower leg because of the assault." Shnider left the apartment and the victim was unable to locate him when she went looking for him outside.

The victim was able to get ahold of Shnider on his phone and he told her "he was already asleep in an unknown location."

The complaint affidavits fail to clarify at what point Shnider arrived back at the apartment.

At about 7:30 am, the woman was sitting on a couch and noticed Shnider left his satchel right next to her as he walked out the door. The woman followed Shnider into the hallway to give him the satchel.

Shnider grabbed the satchel, then allegedly pushed the woman against the wall, the affidavit states. "The defendant placed (his forearm) up against her throat and pushed it towards her with his forearm for approximately five seconds," the document further states.

The victim told police she had difficulty breathing during the alleged assault.

ABC-7 reached out to the Office of District Attorney Jaime Esparza and received the following the statement from a spokesperson: "(Shnider) is on administrative leave and the incident is under review. The criminal case is being investigated by the County Attorney's Office."

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