Son of president of Paraguay charged with assault in Miami-Dade

Oct. 22, 2013 at 4:51 PM
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MIAMI, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- The son of Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes was arrested after he allegedly assaulted a guest at his Miami-area condo, police said.

Juan Pablo Cartes Montana, 28, was released Sunday after posting $1,500 bail, The Miami Herald reported. He was arrested Sunday morning after he allegedly punched the guest in the lobby of his building in Bal Harbour, an upscale community north of Miami Beach.

"I wish to apologize for this bad moment, even though it wasn't my fault," the younger Cartes told the Herald in a telephone interview Monday. "It's one of my worst days. I'd rather not get into details."

Investigators said Cartes lives in a Bal Harbour building managed by his aunt, Sarah Cartes. He allegedly got into an argument with a guest at a party he hosted Saturday night, asked security to escort the man out and then hit him in the lobby.

Cartes, oldest son of the president of Paraguay, is a student at the Wolfson campus of Miami Dade College. The college said in a statement he is taking non-credit courses in English as a second language.

"The Cartes family deplores this incident and hopes it is quickly cleared, according to the laws of that country, where Juan Pablo Cartes is undertaking higher studies," the government of Paraguay said in a statement quoted by Ipparaguay, a news agency.

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