Wyandotte County Commissioner Ann Brandau-Murguia arrested on domestic battery charges

Ann Brandau-Murguia, a polarizing figure on the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas Board of Commissioners, was arrested Friday evening on charges of domestic battery. She was booked into the Wyandotte County Detention Center just before 9 p.m. The jail’s report lists the charges as “Domestic battery; Knowing or reckless bodily harm to family member.” 

A communications representative with the KCK Police Department dispatch line said an arrest report was not immediately available. A message left with the WYCO Sheriff’s Office was not immediately returned. [Update: A representative with the office says Murguia-Brandau was released from the jail at 2:40 a.m. Still no police report from KCKPD.] 

In addition to her spot on the UG Commission, Brandau-Murguia is a member of the Kansas Board of Regents, which holds authority over the state’s universities and community colleges. Last month, she was confirmed for another three-year term

Murguia-Brandau posted on Facebook this morning, saying that the incident was a “dispute I had with a long time friend.” Full post: 

I regret and am embarrassed to have to report that I requested that the police be called last night in regard to a dispute I had with a long time friend. The police on the scene determined that a complaint for Domestic Abuse needed to be filed. This complaint did not involve my husband or my children. A long time friend and I were involved in a misunderstanding that resulted in an argument and physical contact. Since this is a pending matter and there appears to be some differences of opinion as to what happened, I have been told not to discuss what occurred in public. I would ask for my children and family’s sake that people respect our privacy as I attempt to address and resolve this unfortunate matter. I would ask that you keep all people who are involved in any type of domestic altercations in your thoughts and prayers.

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