Man faces assault charges after forcing girlfriend to walk through city streets naked

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NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a 24-year-old New York City man punched and choked his girlfriend, then ordered her to walk through the streets wearing only a towel as he videotaped her.

The video, which also shows the woman naked on the street, wound up online, and news media ran it with her body obscured.

Jason Melo is awaiting arraignment in Manhattan on assault charges. He was arrested Wednesday after his 22-year-old girlfriend filed a report. It’s unclear if Melo has an attorney who could comment on the charges.

The woman says he threatened to kill her if she didn’t go out in the towel.

New York City first lady Chirlane McCray referenced the case in a statement Thursday, saying domestic abuse won’t be tolerated in the city.


This story has been corrected, based on updated information from authorities, that the couple are boyfriend and girlfriend, not husband and wife.

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