PATERSON, NJ - An ongoing marital dispute between Councilman Luis Velez and his wife, Evelyn Sanchez, took another turn on Tuesday when Velez left the Paterson City Council meeting early, detained by the Paterson Police Department for an alleged violation of a temporary restraining order filed against him.

According to multiple sources familiar with the situation Velez allegedly attempted to communicate with his estranged wife via a third party, a fourth degree offense under New Jersey State law. The context of the communication has not been confirmed.

The spat became public earlier this month when Sanchez shared what appeared to be text messages on social media, that she alleged showed that Velez had engaged in an extramarital affair.

Velez has denied all of this and, in a brief phone call with TAPinto Paterson on Wednesday, said that he is focused on continuing to serve the residents of Paterson because that, he believes, is the best way to “let light shine on the truth.”