SAN GABRIEL – San Gabriel Mayor Albert Huang resigned Tuesday after coming under fire following his arrest last week after he was involved in an altercation with an unidentified woman.
The announcement of the resignation was made at the San Gabriel City Council meeting by acting Mayor David Gutierrez.
A letter of resignation was read by Councilmember Mario De LaTorre. Huang was not present at the meeting.
In his letter, Huang said the incident for which he was arrested was a “regrettable occurence between friends.”
A city press release said the “mayor’s resignation will not affect an ongoing investigation by the San Gabriel Police Department of events leading to Mr. Huang’s arrest last Friday on charges of robbery, assult by means to produce great bodily injury and battery.”
The city said that the investigation continues.
Press reports have said that Huang was involved in an early-morning argument with a woman on Friday at a Valley Boulevard dumpling house. This led to the arrest of the mayor by San Gabriel police.
Later, Huang issued an email statement as follows:
“As a public official and a former Boy Scout, I hold myself to the highest standard of conduct. On (Friday’s) incident, it was a greatmisunderstanding between friends. As a result, I am confident I will restore my innocence in court.”
Huang was released on $100,000 bail later in the morning. According to press reports, the alleged incident began in a restaurant and escalated to the street. Police said he took the woman’s purse and sped down a residential street with her clinging to the side of his sport utility vehicle. The woman, whose name was not released, was not injured, police said.
Huang, 33, is married and has a daughter. He is a developer and a professional architect.
In his statement, Huang said he decided to resign after seeing a picture of his daughter on the Internet.
The Internet and Asian television media as well as the English language media have extensively been covering his arrest.
One television broadcast that was later rebroadcast on YouTube and had a graphic reproducing the altercation between Huang and the woman.
The city press release said the council was not planning any immediate action to name a replacement for Huang.
“The seat held by Mr. Huang will be subject to election in March 2011,” the press release stated.