'I've had history with him,' the arresting officer tells PEOPLE

By Harriet Sokmensuer
Updated October 15, 2015 05:45 PM
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Credit: Butte County Jail

A California man has been arrested after allegedly holding his wife captive while he beat and raped her.

Andrew David Acklin, Jr., 30, was arrested Monday night after his wife allegedly ran from their Oroville home. Acklin’s wife told cops that Acklin had held her against he will, according to documents obtained by PEOPLE.

Cops in Paradise, the next town over, arrested Acklin, who himself once lived in Paradise. Officer Steve Bertagna, who made the arrest, tells PEOPLE, “I have had history with him, so I knew who he was when Oroville contacted me.”

Bertagna adds, “There is a fair amount of local history so when the information came out it was no surprise to me.”

Sgt. Ruben Quihuiz of the Oroville police said Acklin’s wife was raped, stabbed in the hand, and dragged by a car, according to ParadisePost.com. Quihuiz told the outlet that Acklin was violating a domestic violence restraining order in the process.

Acklin was booked into Butte County Jail and charged with nine felonies, including assault with a deadly weapon, spousal rape by force, corporal injury on a spouse and false imprisonment. It is not known whether he has yet entered a plea.

Acklin, 30, and the victim share a daughter who was found by police inside the home in which the alleged attack took place. While her mother was transported to the hospital, the little girl was put into the care of her grandparents.

Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Dupre-Tokos tells PEOPLE that Acklin’s behavior typifies “intense domestic violence situations” in which “partners tend to exhibit complete control.”

Depre-Tokos adds, “She knew that if she tried to leave she could die. She was afraid and she was trying to do the best she could do for her and her daughter.”

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