A city councilman faces five felony charges for accusations that he attacked a 28-year-old woman in December.

Ed Arnold, an Arroyo Grande city councilman, was charged last week with first-degree residential burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, domestic violence, making criminal threats and illegal possession of an assault weapon, according to the San Luis Obispo Tribune.

The 45-year-old Arnold pleaded not guilty on Monday morning.

Arnold allegedly attacked the woman with a metal pipe after breaking into her Arroyo Grande home. The woman previously lived with Arnold. According to the newspaper’s report, court documents revealed that Arnold, the woman and Arnold’s wife were involved in a love triangle and Arnold blamed the woman for breaking up his marriage.

Arroyo Grande City Manager Steve Adams told the newspaper that he’s waiting to hear from Arnold on whether or not he will Arnold will attend the regular city council meeting. If he doesn’t attend, Arnold could lose his seat based on a state law that requires city council members to attend a regularly-scheduled meeting within a 60-day period.

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