Husband forced wife to walk naked on NYC street, police say

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Thursday, January 21, 2016
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NEW YORK -- Police say a 24-year-old New York City man has been arrested on assault charges after he punched his wife, then ordered her to walk through the streets wearing only a towel as he videotaped her.

The video, which also shows the woman naked on the street, wound up online, and news media ran it with her body obscured.

Jason Melo is awaiting arraignment in Manhattan. He was arrested Wednesday after his 22-year-old wife filed a report. It's unclear if Melo has an attorney who could comment on the charges.

The woman says he threatened to kill her if she didn't go out in the towel. She was treated for bruises and swelling.

New York City first lady Chirlane McCray referenced the case in a statement Thursday, saying domestic abuse won't be tolerated in the city.

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