Attorney fights Hampton man's arrest on desertion charge
A Hampton man arrested as an Army deserter received a medical discharge in 2000 and should be released, his lawyer said Monday in an emergency motion in federal court.
Gary Vinicie Naranjo, 49, was taken away Sunday without his medicine and neither his wife nor his lawyer have been allowed to see him, Efrem Grail, his attorney, says in the motion. Naranjo starts suffering adverse health effects when he's been off his medicine for more than 24 hours, according to the motion.
Grail couldn't be reached for comment. There was no phone listing for the Naranjo household.
Naranjo served in the Army from 1985 until his discharge in 2000, the lawsuit says. It's not clear when the Army says Naranjo deserted.
A staff member at the personnel controller office in Fort Sill, Okla., told Grail that the Army sent a desertion notice to Naranjo's father in 2010, the lawsuit says. An Army form included as an exhibit to the lawsuit says that Naranjo's “time of absence” was Jan. 1, 2011.
Naranjo has lived and worked in Allegheny County for more than 12 years, the lawsuit says.
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