Sailor from USS Carl Vinson arrested after wild night in Waikiki

Christopher Rico
Christopher Rico

WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Police arrested a Navy sailor from the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson after he allegedly broke louvered windows and attacked a resident at a Waikiki apartment building. Christopher Rico, 20, was arrested for burglary, criminal property damage and assault.

The commotion left a huge hole in Carlo Jose's louvered window. He has lived at the Paoakalani Apartments with his family for several years. Authorities said Rico smashed the glass, then broke another window next door, and attacked a resident inside around 12:15 a.m. on Wednesday.

"I was thinking it was some kind of domestic thing, and then I heard the girl say, 'Get out! We don't know you.' So that's the time I thought, 'Oh, I need to call the police already,'" said Jose.

"Some guy was punching the neighbor in through his living room. It was pretty creepy," said Waikiki resident Sylvia Stiglic.

Security guards from the nearby Aston Waikiki Sunset ran over and helped restrain Rico until police arrived.

"He was trying to force himself in. They held him down and he was kind of aggressive," said Jose.

"He just seemed like really, really drunk and really, really out of it. He didn't know what he was doing, I think," Stiglic said.

The USS Carl Vinson arrived in Honolulu on Tuesday afternoon after a six-month deployment to the Western Pacific and Middle East. The aircraft carrier also stopped in Hawaii last year after burying Osama bin Laden's body at sea. Authorities believe Rico damaged other property at a nearby building just before he terrorized residents at the Paoakalani Apartments.

"I don't think people should behave like that," said Stiglic. "It could have been here, so it's hard to go to bed after that."

The resident that Rico allegedly assaulted, Joseph Duke, now has his left arm in a sling due to a muscle strain. He wanted to thank the security guards who rushed over.

A repairman came by to fix the broken windows, but for some, their sense of security is still shattered.

"It was just a very crazy situation. I haven't seen anything like it," said Stiglic.

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