Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Shenandoah Woman Facing Charges After Making False Report to Police and Resisting Arrest

A Shenandoah woman is facing charges after making an alleged false report to police and then resisting police while being taken into custody.

According to Shenandoah Police, On April 25, 2019 around 3:30pm, a dispatch was received to West Coal Street for an alleged assault. 

The caller, Kritza Lugo Santiago, 31, of Shenandoah, called the 911 emergency line. When she was asked what the emergency was and she stated she was just assaulted by a person who she identified.

Prior to being dispatched, Police had already realized Lugo Santiago had provided a false date of birth during a previous incident.  Lugo Santiago was also wanted on a criminal warrant in Lehigh County and Schuylkill County.

When police arrived at the home of Lugo Santiago, they found her son on the front porch.  When asked if the assault suspect was at the home or had just left, her son said "no".

Lugo Santiago then told police that the suspect had threatened to assault them on messenger.  Police asked to see the messages, but then told police she already deleted them.

When asked for her information again, Lugo Santiago provided a false date of birth.

The warrant for Lugo Santiago was then confirmed and police told her that she was being arrested and taken into custody.  

As police walked with her outside the home, she attempted to push police into the door jam.  On hte front porch, Police then advised her to put her hands behind her back to be handcuffed, where she then pulled away and continued to resist.

As police took her into custody and she continued to resist, a metal marijuana grinder, and a ziploc bag containing marijuana fell from her blouse.

As the altercation took place, Lugo Santiago asked her 10 year old son to pick up the items and throw them.

Backup arrived at this time and Lugo Santiago continued resisting as she was taken into custody.  While in the patrol vehicle, she continued yelling to her son giving him instructions to pick up the items that she dropped.  The child gave the items to police.

Later that night, police questions the original "assault suspect" and learned that he had left the scene to file a PFA against Lugo Santiago.  When asked about messaging threats to her, he said he did not.  Police confirmed that none of the messages he had sent her threatening.

Lugo Santiago was taken into custody and later arraigned on the charges of false alarms to agencies of public safety, corruption of minors, endangering the welfare of a child, resisting arrest, false reports to law enforcement authorities, tampering with or fabricate physical evidence, possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, , and disorderly conduct.

Lugo Santiago was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Kilker on April 26, 2019 with Monetary bail was set at $25,000.


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