The Fort Lauderdale airport shooter who killed five people last week is also in the midst of being prosecuted in an incident that involved allegedly strangling his girlfriend, The New York Times reported.
Estaeban Santiago, who is alive and in custody after the shootings, committed the assault last January, court documents claim, after he began yelling at his girlfriend while she was on the toilet.
He broke down the door—including the door frame—and yelled “get the f—k out, b—h!” while strangling her and smacking her on the side of the head, the documents, first published by Heavy.com’s Jessica McBride, show.
Santiago was arrested and released under the condition that he not have any contact with his girlfriend, People reported. But by the following month he had broken the terms of his release.
The assault part of the charge was dismissed in a deferred prosecution agreement, but Santiago’s criminal mischief charge for breaking his girlfriend’s door is still ongoing, and he was scheduled to be in court for that case this March.
Santiago lost touch with reality after coming home from a tour in Iraq with the National Guard, various sources told The New York Times and other outlets. This supposedly included hearing voices and having conspiracy theories about a C.I.A. plot against him.
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