For Immediate Release: 4/7/2022 3:01 pm
On April 7th 2022 a Worcester Police officer was working an off-duty assignment at Wal-Mart on Tobias Boland Way. At about 10 AM, the officer was informed by store employees that a male, later identified as Angel Santiago, forty-two-years-old of Hooper St, had left the store with two of the store’s electric scooters. The officer left the store and observed the male traveling down a bike path with two large boxes in his arms. The officer recognized Mr. Santiago and issued commands to stop.
The officer scaled a fence as Mr. Santiago jumped into a body of water and swam to the other side. The officer broadcast Mr. Santiago’s description, returned to the store, and prepared to take out charges. Shortly after this, another officer observed Mr. Santiago stopping traffic on 146 South. Mr. Santiago approached a stopped grey sedan and jumped into the front passenger’s seat. Officers did not pursue the vehicle, but maintained sight of it as they observed the vehicle get off the highway at the next exit. An officer pulled behind the vehicle and activated his blue lights, and Mr. Santiago exited the vehicle and began running away.
Officers pursued Mr. Santiago on foot and located him in the area of Route 20. He was placed under arrest. Further investigation indicated that Mr. Santiago entered the vehicle without permission and demanded that the female operator, who he did not know, drive him to the next exit. Before he left he demanded the female’s cigarettes. He is charged with Kidnapping, Carjacking, Unarmed Robbery, Disturbing the Peace, Disorderly Conduct, Trespassing and Shoplifting by Asportation. In addition, Mr. Santiago had a previous arrest warrant. He will be arraigned in court.