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Businessman outraged after being detained by deputies
ESCAMBIA COUNTY -- A prominent Pensacola businessman, Nash Patel, is outraged at Escambia sheriff's deputies.
You locked up my wife, and put me in a hot car, I could have suffocated.
Though he was *not* arrested, Patel was handcuffed and put in the back of a deputy cruiser last night for about a half-hour after calling 911.
Patel was outside his sister's home, which had just been burglarized.
This is the home of Nash Patel's sister.
When her husband got home late Wednesday afternoon, he discovered this sliding glass door had been shattered so he immediately called 911.
He then called his brother in-law, Nash Patel.
Nash Patel, Handcuffed after calling 911: "You put me in here 45 minutes in front of my son! You locked my wife up!"
This is what happened to Nash Patel after deputies arrived outside his sister's home.
Patel, the president of, a company that owns several local hotels, wound up handcuffed in the back of a deputy's SUV, looking on as his wife was handcuffed as well.
Nash Patel, Handcuffed after calling 911:
So how did it come to this?
Patel says after getting the call about the break-in, he and other family members immediately drove to his sister's home in the Marcus Pointe subdivision.
He says they wound up waiting about 45 minutes before deputies arrived.
During that time, Patel called 911 three times to see if anyone was coming.
Nash Patel, Handcuffed after calling 911: "So then the officer showed up and his priority was to deal with the family because we're standing out here and more about the violation of calling 911 more than one time in order to report an emergency. So I said if I'm in violation, do what you gotta do, and so he decided to me in handcuffs.
Then my wife was there, she said, why you gotta put my husband in handcuffs. So they go, well that's the wife so he went ahead and put her in handcuffs and put me in the back of the car for about 30 minutes."
Patel and his wife Kandace were released.
They were not arrested, nor were they charged with any crime.
It's been a rough week for the Patels.
Patel says his brother's home in Beulah was also burglarized on Tuesday.
Both burglaries are under investigation.
Nash Patel's sister says whoever broke into her home made off with a safe filled with cash and jewelry.
Late this afternoon, Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan released a statement about the situation.
In part it says: "The deputies felt it necessary to detain and restrain Naresh Patel and Kandace Patel to avoid further interference with their law enforcement responsibilities.
The detention of these individuals was not based on the number of calls placed to 911.
It was a direct result of their conduct.
To see Sheriff Morgan's entire statement head over to weartv.com and click on Newslinks.