WINSTON SALEM, NORTH CAROLINA - Yesterday at about 5:00 PM Winston Salem police officers responded to an alleged assault on a female.
Upon arrival, Maria Fedelina Aguilar described an assault which was committed against her by her boyfriend, Rudolfo Zermeno.
Ms. Aguilar and Mr. Zermeno have lived together for several years and have 3 children together. According to Ms. Aguilar, the two became involved in an argument during the early morning hours of 05-08-12 and Mr. Zermeno assaulted her by slapping her in the face with an open hand and throwing a television remote control striking her on the right elbow. Mr. Zermeno is currently employed as an Officer with the Winston Salem Police Department.
This matter was assigned to Detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division for investigation. Based on the information obtained during the investigation, a Warrant for Arrest was obtained charging Mr. Zermeno with Assault on a Female. He was taken into custody at the Public Safety Center without incident and placed in the FCLEDC under no bond.
Mr. Zermeno had his first appearance this morning before Judge Graham and was given a $1000.00 Secured Bond. Additionally, Mr. Zermeno was ordered to have no contact with Ms. Aguilar. At the time of this release, Mr. Zermeno is still in the custody of the FCLEDC.
Investigation into this matter is continuing by the Criminal Investigations Division, as well as the Professional Standards Division. Officer Zermeno has been placed on Administrative Leave as is customary in any investigation of this type. Officer Zermeno has been serving as a police officer with this agency for 3 years. A photo of Officer Zermeno is attached to this release.