Suspect to stand trial in Easter mugging of 94-year-old woman


An East Frank­ford man has been ordered to stand tri­al for mug­ging a 94-year-old wo­man on East­er Sunday as she walked home from the Bell’s Corner Su­per­mar­ket.

Ant­o­nio San­ti­ago, 29, of the 2200 block of Kennedy St., is charged with ag­grav­ated as­sault, rob­bery and re­lated of­fenses. He is sched­uled for a Com­mon Pleas Court ar­raign­ment on Ju­ly 5.

The vic­tim, whose iden­tity au­thor­it­ies have with­held, was walk­ing along the 8300 block of Lor­etto Ave. at about 2 p.m. on April 8 when San­ti­ago al­legedly ap­proached her from be­hind, grabbed her pock­et­book, pulled her to the ground and fled on foot. The wo­man suffered a broken arm and nu­mer­ous cuts and bruises.

A sur­veil­lance cam­era filmed the at­tack. Po­lice re­trieved the video and dis­trib­uted it pub­licly in hope of identi­fy­ing the mug­ger.

Based on ci­vil­ian tips, de­tect­ives con­tac­ted San­ti­ago, who re­por­ted to North­east De­tect­ives vol­un­tar­ily for ques­tion­ing. While ar­rest­ing San­ti­ago, po­lice al­legedly found a small amount of heroin in his pos­ses­sion and charged him with drug pos­ses­sion, in ad­di­tion to the rob­bery-re­lated of­fenses.

San­ti­ago’s pre­lim­in­ary hear­ing began on May 16 with testi­mony from the vic­tim. The hear­ing re­sumed on June 14 with testi­mony from ad­di­tion­al wit­nesses.

In ad­di­tion to rob­bery and ag­grav­ated as­sault, Mu­ni­cip­al Court Judge Jac­quelyn Fra­zi­er-Lyde ordered San­ti­ago to stand tri­al for theft, re­ceiv­ing stolen prop­erty, simple as­sault and reck­less en­dan­ger­ment, as well as drug pos­ses­sion and pos­ses­sion of drug paraphernalia.

As­sist­ant Dis­trict At­tor­ney Lauren McHale is pro­sec­ut­ing the case. The pub­lic de­fend­er’s of­fice rep­res­ents San­ti­ago, who has been con­victed of rob­bery twice be­fore and has oth­er ar­rests on his re­cord for burg­lary and rape.

San­ti­ago re­mains in jail in lieu of $200,000 bail. ••


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