Woman arrested for stealing dog while threatening to shoot the dog’s owner

Staff report

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Lesly Yvette Vega-Santiago, 30, was arrested yesterday on a warrant for stealing a dog while implying that she had a gun.

On March 25, Vega-Santiago allegedly made threats of violence such as “I got something for you” and “I should shoot you” while pointing something in her jacket pocket at the dog’s owner, implying that she had a gun. Vega-Santiago allegedly took the dog and fled; the sworn complaint does not indicate whether the dog was recovered.

Vega-Santiago was initially charged with armed robbery, but official charges of robbery and battery as a repeat offender were filed on May 4; that document states that Vega-Santiago allegedly struck the victim.

Vega-Santiago has two felony convictions (including robbery) and six misdemeanor convictions (including battery). She has served an 18-month state prison sentence for robbery and was released in June 2012. Judge Kristine Van Vorst set bail at $60,000, the amount recommended in the arrest warrant, which was signed by Judge William Davis.

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  • Looks like she fell out of the crazy tree. She is only 30 and well on her way to destroying her life.

  • Who would have thought “pointing” a finger would be a crime?

    I guess those days of “sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me” are long gone. Then again, 007 said to Vesper, “That’s because you know what I can do with my little finger.”

    The decay of society continues.

    • I guess from at least one person’s perspective it all depends on who you point your finger at. They obviously spend too much time sitting on theirs.

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