ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- A St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office sergeant resigned after he was arrested on a domestic battery charge.
According to the police report, obtained by Action News, Sgt. Randy Capo was arrested in the early morning hours of May 11 when neighbors reported hearing a woman inside Capo's house screaming "let go of me." That woman was Capo's girlfriend. According to the report, when deputies showed up, the woman suffered a bloody nose and said that the then Sgt. "slammed her face into the floor several times and head butted her left rib cage."
Action News went straight to the former Sgt. for answers.
“Can you explain what happened May 11,” asked reporter Ryan Smith. “No, there's nothing to explain,” said Capo.
Capo went on to say that he did not beat his girlfriend.
According to the report, Capo's girlfriend confronted him about an alleged affair after he got home from a night of drinking. Later, the two got into a fight over his phone. The report states that he "slung her to the floor... he got on top of her and tried to wrestle the phone out of her hands."
“There was a preponderance of evidence there on the criminal side which then transferred to the internal affairs side,” said Sgt. Chuck Mulligan with the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office.
The sheriff's office launched an internal investigation and called for Capo's dismissal. But Capo resigned before he could be fired. The 31-year veteran received a number of awards and accommodations over the years. But Sgt. Mulligan says that no matter what you've done, no one is above the law.
"It is sad that it ends a 31-year career of an individual who dedicated a lot of his time to the citizens, we certainly have to hold ourselves to a higher standard and that's what we did,” said Mulligan.
Capo was in charge of the directed patrol unit, which tackles widespread community problems. Capo will is scheduled to appear at the St. Johns County courthouse July 10 for a pretrial hearing.