Paraguayan president's son arrested after attacking guest
BAL HARBOUR, Fla. (WSVN) -- The son of Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes has been arrested after allegedly punching a guest at a South Florida hotel party.
According to police, 28-year-old Juan Pablo Cartes was hosting a party at the St. Regis Hotel in Bal Harbour when he allegedly got into a heated argument with two men at the party, early Sunday morning.
In surveillance video from the hotel, the two men are seen walking out of the hotel, but minutes later, one walks back inside. Cartes, who lives on the eighth floor of the hotel, is then seen swinging punches at his former party guest.
This then turns into a scuffle inside the lobby of the St. Regis Hotel. Cortes' girlfriend is also seen in the video attempting to hold him back, according to police. They say it remains unclear what the men were arguing about.
Police was then called in by the hotel's concierge. "He just comes out of nowhere in the video and punches a gentleman in the face," said Bal Harbour Police Capt. Greg Roye. "He swung several times. I don't know how many times he connected."
The Paraguayan government released the following statement regarding the incident: "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."
Cartes is currently studying at the Miami-Dade College Wolfson campus.
According to police, the two guests, who were from France, have left the country and were not charged.
Cartes was arrested and charged with battery. He has since bonded out of jail.
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