All five-eight, 215 pounds of Yamil Santiago arrived at his ex-girlfriend’s Hialeah home with a small knife and a problem Sunday night. Santiago left with handcuffs and a future facing five felony charges, including attempted murder with a deadly weapon after a fight that saw three people stabbed.
The stabbing victim knifed in the stomach was airlifted eventually to Jackson Memorial Hospital. The other two victims took wounds to a forearm and hand.
Santiago sits in Turner-Guilford Knight Correctional Center without bond on the attempted murder and armed burglary of an occupied dwelling charges; and $7,500 bond on each of the three counts of aggravated battery; and a $1,000 bond on his criminal mischief misdemeanor charge.
Exactly what problem Santiago had with Jacqueline Quirch, with whom he has a 1-year-old child, wasn’t detailed by Hialeah police in the arrest affidavit. According to what Quirch’s brother told police, the family was inside Quirch’s house when Santiago began banging on the door.
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Ignoring him resulted only in Santiago escalating to kicking the door until the door succumbed. Once inside,, the brother said, Santiago punched Quirch in the face. The fight eventually got outside, where all three stabbings occurred. Hialeah police arrived after the fists and knives stopped flashing.
Santiago’s criminal record includes probation for selling marijuana near a school, felony cocaine possession, and tampering with evidence.