Officers arrested an off-duty Palmview Police Department investigator Saturday on a misdemeanor assault charge.
Daniel Camacho, 48, of Mission — an investigator with the Palmview Police Department — allegedly pushed a woman Saturday morning.
The Mission Police Department charged Camacho with assault-family violence, a Class C misdemeanor. He pleaded not guilty.
“I don’t know exactly what happened,” said Palmview police Chief Gilberto Zamora.
Camacho graduated from the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council police academy in February 2015, according to Texas Commission on Law Enforcement records. Palmview offered him a full-time job in June 2018.
Officers arrested Camacho at about 6 a.m. Saturday, according to information released by the Mission Police Department.
Camacho allegedly pushed a woman in the chest. Details about the incident were not available Saturday.
The assault charge, a Class C misdemeanor, is punishable by a fine of $500 or less.
Camacho — barefoot and wearing a black t-shirt — appeared before Mission Municipal Judge Jonathan Wehrmeister by videoconference Saturday afternoon. He pleaded not guilty and requested a bench trial.
Wehrmeister also signed an emergency protective order against Camacho.
The order prohibits Camacho from being within 200 yards of the woman’s apartment or place of employment. It also prohibits Camacho from communicating with the woman in a threatening or harassing manner.
“I don’t care if ya’ll kiss and make up,” Wehrmeister said, the order will remain in effect.
Wehrmeister warned Camacho that any violation of the protective order would be a Class A misdemeanor.
“Even if you go over there for the most noble of reasons — let’s say to help fix some damaged appliance or something like that — even if you go for the most noble of reasons, Mr. Camacho, you will be arrested on the spot,” Wehrmeister said. “You understand that?”
Camacho said he understood.
The Palmview Police Department will conduct an internal investigation and take action if appropriate, Zamora said, adding that Camacho hadn’t been suspended or placed on administrative leave.
“He’ll go back to work on Monday,” Zamora said.
Camacho remained in custody Saturday afternoon and couldn’t be reached for comment.