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Miami Shores doctor charged with domestic battery

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Dr. Alex Barrocas is a neurologist with a private practice in Miami Shores. Dr. Alex Barrocas is a neurologist with a private practice in Miami Shores.
Barrocas' upscale Key Biscayne condominium Barrocas' upscale Key Biscayne condominium

WEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida doctor bonded out of jail Thursday evening, hours after he was arrested for allegedly striking his wife while she was holding their infant daughter.

According to the arrest affidavit, Dr. Alex Barrocas hit his wife, Carol Bravo Barrocas, at Key Colony, the couple's upscale Key Biscayne condominium, Sunday, around 1 p.m. At his office in Miami Shores, he did not show up to work Friday, most likely because he has been placed on house arrest.

He faces charges of battery by strangulation. The police report states, "[The] victim advised she was holding their infant daughter. [The] defendant then choked the victim and then slapped her across the face ... threw her to the ground and continued punching and choking her. Additionally, the defendant spit on the victim's face."

The report continues, "Barrocas did intentionally and willfully strike the victim ... on her face with a closed fist."

Barrocas, 41, is a board-certified neurologist with a residency at Georgetown University and fellowships at Harvard in his resume.

Neighbors said even a quiet, upscale community is not immune to domestic violence. "I do understand it happens in all segments of society," said a woman who lives at Key Colony.

"[There's] a huge difference between money and morals," said another resident, "About respect, about things that with money you can't buy."

"That's terrible. I know that's nothing that should be done or is acceptable," said another neighbor.

At bond court on Thursday, Barrocas told the presiding judge that he had just started his own private practice. "The insurance companies haven't paid me anything yet," he said.

The judge responded, "So you have no money saved in the bank?"

"Uh, no. I didn't say that."

"OK, do you have any money saved in the bank?"

"I do."

"OK. How much?"

"A hundred grand or more."

Barrocas was granted house arrest once his bond was posted. He was ordered not to contact his wife. However, he is allowed to see his daughter and his patients.

Besides his practice in Miami Shores, he is also associated with Aventura Hospital.


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