A now former Ohio University wrestler entered a plea of innocent in Athens County Municipal Court this week.

Aaron Naples, 21, of Brunswick, is charged with 13 second-degree misdemeanor counts of criminal damaging, one count of obstructing official business and a count of resisting arrest, both misdemeanors of the second degree, all stemming from an incident on the morning of Sunday, Feb. 2.

According the Athens Police Department’s report on the incident, officers responded to West Washington Street early Sunday for a report of a male damaging vehicles parked along the road.

“Officers located the subject damaging a vehicle and attempted to apprehend him,” officers noted in the report. “After a lengthy foot pursuit and a short fight with officers, Aaron William Naples was arrested and charged with 13 counts of criminal damaging, one count of obstructing official business, and one count of resisting arrest. He was transported to jail.”

The report further notes the responding officers suspected Naples of using drugs.

Naples was until this incident a member of the university wrestling team. According to a university spokesperson, Naples has been suspended immediately from the team and all team-related activities.

Vehicle damaging on West Washington Street and West State Street has been a concern of residents for years, if not decades. Busted mirrors and other damage is not uncommon, and citizens have called for better lighting and increased patrols from APD to help prevent more damages. It is not clear whether Naples is a resident of the West Side or just passing through.

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