It all started with a 9-1-1 call from a nosy neighbor who reported a suspicious man.
U.S. Air Force Capt. Nicolas Aquino of Carmel, Calif., was tackled and handcuffed outside his house because a Monterey County sheriff’s deputy assumed Aquino was a burglar. Weeks later, Aquino found out he was being charged with resisting arrest and obstructing a peace officer.
“All [the deputy] said was, ‘I need to see your ID.’ At that moment I’m like, ‘Excuse me sir, but who are you, and why are you here?’” Aquino tells KSBW.
Aquino explains he asked if he was being detained. Then he pulled out his wallet to show his military ID.
And that’s when things enter a gray area.
Aquino says, “That’s when he grabs my wrist, puts me in a front guillotine, slams my head into the ground, and spins around and does a rear naked choke.”
But according to the sheriff’s incident report, Aquino pulled his hand and ID away from the deputy. “I decided at that point I would detain him physically and place him into handcuffs,” the deputy says.
Aquino was eventually able to show the deputy bills with his name on them. The deputy left.
Seven weeks later, Aquino’s supervisor at his Naval Post Graduate School called to tell him he wasn’t allowed back on campus until he dealt with the charges pending against him. Aquino says that’s how he found out about the arrest warrant.
The Monterey County District Attorney refuses to drop the charges.
Aquino is a first-generation American whose parents fled Paraguay as refugees after they received death threats. He enlisted in the U.S. military and dedicated his career to keeping America free. Aquino also appeared in U.S. Air Force promotional videos.