Tuesday, March 29, 2011 | 11:03 a.m.
A Metro Police officer has been placed on unpaid administrative leave after allegedly hurting his ex-girlfriend during a dispute and then breaking into her car.
Officer David Pisciotta Jr., 24, was arrested March 18 and charged with battery constituting domestic violence and burglary. He was booked into the Clark County Detention Center.
According to an arrest report, officers responded to a call by Pisciotta's ex-girlfriend, Tiffany Nelson, who reported that he had broken into her car at her workplace and stolen a black leather purse with miscellaneous identification and credit cards.
Nelson's co-worker had told her he saw Pisciotta inside her vehicle earlier that day, the report alleges.
Officers also noted in the report that they observed a cut on Nelson's hand and bruise to her upper left arm that she said occurred earlier at their apartment when Pisciotta tried to grab her keys and allegedly pushed her to the ground.
Pisciotta denied injuring Nelson when interviewed by police, according to the arrest report. He admitted to having her purse in his truck, but said she left it at the apartment.
Pisciotta told police he used a spare key to enter Nelson's car to retrieve his backpack, iPod and iPod charger, according to the report. Police noted in the report, however, that Nelson had previously denied having any of his property in her car.
Police arrested Pisciotta based on Nelson's visible injuries and the witness statements, according to the report.
Metro spokesman Marcus Martin said Pisciotta will be on unpaid leave pending the outcome of the investigation. Pisciotta started working for the department in May 2009.