North Carolina police officer charged with assaulting women

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A police officer in North Carolina has been placed on administrative leave after being arrested and charged with attacking two women.

Several local media outlets reported that 26-year-old Silvestre Mendoza, an officer with the force in Garner, was arrested by Johnston County sheriff's deputies Sunday and charged with two counts of assault on a female.

An arrest warrant says Mendoza was accused of hitting a woman Friday. The warrant says he is charged with biting another woman Saturday.

The reports say Mendoza on Monday declined to talk about the charges. He says he does not yet have an attorney.

Garner police say Mendoza was hired March 21 and was assigned to the patrol division.