Gary Giordano (Annapolis Police Department)

“While we recognize that Mr. Giordano enjoys an infamous reputation, the Annapolis arrest was simply a matter of effective police work in response to citizen complaints,” Annapolis police chief Michael Pristoop said in a statement released Tuesday. “Officers took quick and appropriate action under the circumstances.”

Giordano was held last year in Aruba as authorities investigated the disappearance of 35-year-old Robyn Gardner, a Frederick County woman he was vacationing with on the island.

Giordano told authorities there that Gardner failed to return when the two went snorkeling. A judge in Aruba eventually ordered Giordano released. He has long proclaimed his innocence, and told Good Morning America he had “absolutely” nothing to do with Gardner’s disappearance.

Giordano declined comment and referred a call to his attorney, Steven Kupferberg, who could not immediately be reached.

Aruban authorities could not be immediately reached for comment.