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Facebook ‘threat’ against officer prompts arrest

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POSTED January 12, 2013 1:18 a.m.

The family of Dominic Aguilar says he was just venting his frustration.

But when the Roseville man took to the Facebook page started by the family of Ernest Duenez – the 34-year-old Manteca man shot and killed in June in 2011 during an exchange with Manteca Police officer John Moody – and made what some considered an off-color comment, the police formed their own opinion about the strong rhetoric.

They viewed it as a threat.

With the approval of a San Joaquin County judge, Manteca Police officers made the trip to Aguilar’s home on Wednesday, Jan. 9, to arrest the 37-year-old Manteca High graduate on charges making terrorist threats and forcibly resisting arrest.

He appeared before Superior Court Judge Ronald A. Northrup in Manteca on Friday for arraignment. He entered a plea of not-guilty as supporters picked outside calling for his release.

The initial bail amount of $150,000 was upheld. He was still being held at the San Joaquin County Jail as of Friday evening.

“We feel like he’s being unfairly targeted,” Monique Aguilar said Friday, still holding the handmade picket sign that bore her brother’s name. “He’s not the only person that posted something on Facebook – he was only expressing how he felt.

“When they arrested him they didn’t find any weapons or anything like that at his house and it was obvious that he wasn’t a threat to anybody.”

Aguilar posted “50 shots to your dome moody…” in response to a picture posted by Duenez’ cousin Crystal Arechiga.  At least one other comment in the thread mentioned Moody getting shot, and one called for the murder of all police officers – something that Monique Aguilar said didn’t make much sense to her given that her brother’s comment was far less incendiary.

But Aguilar’s past may have come back to haunt him in his quest to get his bail amount reduced.

According to online reports, the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s office cited a case from 16 years ago as one of the reasons to keep the bail at where it was originally set.

He apparently used the alias “Lord Boy” at some point – variations of the street name are listed in his county jail booking information – and at least one of them contains the provision “XIV” which hints at allegiance to a Norteno set.

Interestingly, Aguilar’s case is only the second time in a week that monitoring of the “Justice for Ernest Duenez” Facebook page has garnered news attention.

After word got back to Manteca officials that Lathrop City Councilman Omar Ornelas had made a post on the page that said he stood with the family they threatened to pull out of talks over a possible metropolitan police force and providing the neighboring community with additional sewer capacity.

His comments were almost immediately taken down after officials at Lathrop City Hall learned of Manteca’s perceived slight.

Aguilar is expected to appear back before Northrup in early February.

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