Warrant Issued for Air Force Officer Weeks After Run-in With Police at His Home

Capt. Nicolas Aquino was tackled and handcuffed in front of his own house in California because an officer thought he was a burglar—and he was later charged with resisting arrest.

Nicolas Aquino in an Air Force promotional video 
Nicolas Aquino in an Air Force promotional video  YouTube

Air Force Capt. Nicolas Aquino’s future is on hold as he faces charges arising from entering his own house in Monterey County, Calif., KSBW reports

Aquino, who is a student at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, got the news of his arrest when his school supervisor called him and told him he is barred from campus until he has handled the charges—resisting arrest and obstructing a peace officer.

This all began in December, Aquino said, when a county sheriff’s deputy came to investigate a 911 call and began treating him like a criminal. A neighbor had apparently called the authorities, saying that a man was walking around the house suspiciously.

The deputy demanded to see Aquino’s ID, startling the Air Force captain.

“All he 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 told KSBW.

“He says it again: I have to produce identification. At that moment I asked him, ‘Am I being detained?’ He said, ‘Yes,’ and so I said, ‘OK, then my name is Nicolas Aquino. I live right here. I’m in the military,'” said the first-generation immigrant, whose parents are political exiles from Paraguay.

Aquino said he pulled out his military identification but didn’t hand it to the officer.

“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, so he puts me in a choke hold,” Aquino said.

The deputy’s incident report reads: “The male then pulled his hand away from me, thereby moving the card away from my hand. I decided at that point I would detain him physically and place him into handcuffs.