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USS Carl Vinson leaves port without sailor charged with crimes

    This mugshot shows Christopher Rico, 20, a sailor on the USS Carl Vinson who was charged Thursday night with burglary and criminal property damage.

The USS Carl Vinson is on its way back to its home port of San Diego minus one crewmember, a sailor who remains in jail in connection with an alleged Waikiki burglary and criminal property damage case early Wednesday morning.

As the carrier left Pearl Harbor Friday morning, Seaman Christopher Rico was in Honolulu District Court making his initial appearance on the charges. Rico remained in custody on $11,000 bail.

Police said security guards from a neighboring building helped subdue and capture Rico after he broke the louvered window of an apartment near Paokalani and Kuhio avenues at about 12:16 a.m.

When residents in the apartment approached him, Rico became aggressive, police said. The residents, a 30-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman, retreated back into the apartment. But Rico allegedly broke in and assaulted one of the residents, police said.

Security guards from a neighboring building heard the commotion and came to the aid of the apartment dwellers, detaining Rico until officers arrived and arrested him.

Rico matched the description of an earlier criminal property damage case and the victims in that case came to the apartment building and identified the suspect, police said.

“We regret the actions of this one individual and the inconvenience he may have caused to residents and neighbors,” said Navy Region Hawaii Deputy Public Affairs Officer Bill Doughty. “If the allegation are true, he will be held accountable for his actions.”

Doughty said there are 4,388 sailors on the Carl Vinson, and during the deployment, 818 sailors volunteered for 37 community relations projects.

Rico has been in the Navy for 11 months, Doughty said.

The USS Carl Vinson arrived in Honolulu Tuesday on its way back to its home port of San Diego after a five-and-a-half month deployment that included operations in the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan.

This is the second time in two visits that a sailor from the carrier has gotten in trouble with the law. Police were called in June of last year  when a 22-year-old Navy man ended up naked in the bedroom of a McCully apartment. The resident of the apartment decided not to press charges in that case.

The USS Carl Vinson had stopped in Hawaii after a deployment which included carrying Osama bin Laden’s body and burying it at sea.

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