In Custody

Posted by | January 6, 2017 20:25 | Filed under: Top Stories

Esteban Santiago is an Iraq war veteran.

Santiago flew into the airport from Anchorage, Alaska (with a layover in Minneapolis, St. Paul) on Delta flight 2182 – a firearm was his only piece of checked luggage.

The 26-year-old, who was dressed in a Star Wars t-shirt, claimed his bag, went to the bathroom to load his handgun and then started shooting people dead.

Santiago had a history of mental problems, according to NBC News.

Sources have told CBS news that Santiago walked into an FBI office in Anchorage in November last year claiming the government was trying to control his mind and he was being forced to fight for ISIS. After that incident, Santiago started getting treatment for his mental health issues.

He was also contacted by the FBI after an employer back in Alaska raised concerns about certain things he had said, according to ABC News.

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51 responses to In Custody

  1. Mike January 6th, 2017 at 20:41

    Let’s see …
    Comes from a state where you can easily buy a gun …
    Long history of mental problems …
    No action taken by anyone even after repeated run ins with the authorities …
    Hops a 17 hr flight cross country checking only a weapon ( no clothes, toiletries, etc) and it doesn’t raise any red flags ( toenails clippers scary, gun, not so much)
    Shoots the place up …. just cuz ….

    And I’m supposed to be surprised …?

    • StoneyCurtisll January 6th, 2017 at 21:17

      Shocking isn’t it…
      But not surprising…
      Thanks NRA

  2. Mensa Member January 6th, 2017 at 20:49

    It’s well documented but poorly covered — murderer and domestic violence are linked.

    A lot of lives could be saved if men implicated in domestic violence had their guns taken away.

    • amongoose January 6th, 2017 at 22:11

      They already are.
      Many states have even stronger laws on the books.

      • whatthe46 January 7th, 2017 at 08:14

        you can’t say “they already are” in one sentence and then say “many states…” in another. it doesn’t suggest the previous remark to be true, as many is not suggestive as ALL.

        • amongoose January 7th, 2017 at 10:38

          It is by federal law illegal for them to own them.
          Many states have even stronger laws.
          As per the article, apologize for the confusion.
          My point was he was already in violation of law. Someone dropped the ball in not making sure he was disarmed. That is what we need to handle.

        • Mensa Member January 7th, 2017 at 11:30

          Your skepticism is shared in the article.

          Here is an example:

          >> The current federal prohibitions also do not address violence against family members other than a child or intimate partner, such as an abused sibling or parent. According to data from the U.S Department of
          Justice, the proportion of family homicides that involve children killing their parents has been increasing, rising steadily from 9.7% of all family homicides in 1980 to 13% in 2008.12

          Similar loopholes allow access to guns by convicted stalkers,13 and abusers subject to domestic violence protective orders that cover the period before a hearing (known as “ex parte” orders).14

      • Mensa Member January 7th, 2017 at 11:28


        But, it depends on what “stronger laws” mean.

        But, I’ve never heard cops taking away the guns domestic abusers but maybe it happens. It needs to happen consistently.

        • amongoose January 7th, 2017 at 12:35

          It’s the courts and law enforcement working together. Anyone with a restraining order is supposed to be disarmed for the duration of the order. We need to fully enforce the laws we have, then if something else needs to be done it can be.

  3. StoneyCurtisll January 6th, 2017 at 21:16

    He was being treated for mental health issues and has a history of domestic abuse?…
    And still allowed to own a firearm?

    WTF? Thanks NRA.

    • amongoose January 6th, 2017 at 22:11

      Thank the FBI, he told them he was being forced to help ISIS by the CIA,
      with mind control.
      They never reported it.

      • StoneyCurtisll January 6th, 2017 at 22:18

        And I have a micro chip in my brain that makes me respond to you…

      • Obewon January 6th, 2017 at 22:45

        And you heard about this fantasy continuously regurgitated by FNC, Infowars, WND, Townhall, Breitbart News Network, and or the National Enquirer?

        • amongoose January 7th, 2017 at 00:53

          You may need to reread, slowly.

          “They say last November, he walked into the FBI’s office in Anchorage, Alaska, claiming that his mind was being controlled by the CIA and that it was forcing him to join ISIS. He appeared agitated and incoherent, and made disjointed statements — and although he said he didn’t wish to hurt anyone, agents were concerned by his erratic behavior and decided to call local authorities, a senior federal law enforcement official said”.

        • amongoose January 7th, 2017 at 06:29

          So all of these reports from the MSM are what, fakes news?
          Are they taking their newsfeed from Breitbart and info wars?
          He was prohibited by federal law from owning a weapon as well.

          According to a senior law enforcement official, the gunman, identified as Esteban Santiago, 26, walked into the F.B.I. office in Anchorage in November and made disturbing remarks that prompted officials to urge him to seek mental health care.
          Mr. Santiago, appearing “agitated and incoherent,” said “that his mind was being controlled by a U.S. intelligence agency,” the official said.

          A law enforcement official says the Florida airport gunman told the FBI in November that the government was controlling his mind and was forcing him to watch Islamic State group videos.
          The official was not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation by name and spoke Friday on condition of anonymity.
          The official says agents in Anchorage completed their interview with 26-year-old Esteban Santiago and called the police, who took him for a mental health evaluation.
          The FBI’s Anchorage field office said in a statement that it was aware Santiago was an Anchorage resident and that it was assisting in the investigation, but it declined to comment further.

          Piro said that Santiago had turned up at an FBI office in Anchorage in November of last year behaving erratically and was turned over to local police, who took him to a medical facility for a mental evaluation.
          A federal law enforcement official told Reuters that Santiago told agents at the Anchorage office in November that his mind was being controlled by a U.S. intelligence agency, which was ordering him to watch Islamic State videos.

          But federal authorities told ABC News tonight that Santiago recently received mental health treatment after he showed up at the FBI’s Anchorage, Alaska office claiming that the government was forcing him to watch videos produced by the ISIS terror group.

          In November, Esteban told FBI agents in Alaska that the government was controlling his mind and was forcing him to watch Islamic State group videos, a law enforcement official said. The official was not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation by name and spoke Friday on condition of anonymity.
          Santiago was charged in a domestic violence case in January 2016, damaging a door when he forced his way into a bathroom at his girlfriend’s Anchorage home. The woman told officers he yelled at her to leave, strangled her and smacked her on the side of the head, according to charging documents.
          A month later municipal prosecutors said he violated the conditions of his release when officers found him at her home during a routine check. He told police he had lived there since he was released from custody the previous month. His Anchorage attorney, Max Holmquist, declined to discuss his client.
          He was in violation of federal firearms laws from domestic violence. Was not allowed to own a weapon.

          Reaffirmed by courts

          He violated the law, why wasn’t he stopped.
          The NRA didn’t give him his gun.

          • Obewon January 7th, 2017 at 08:38

            You know domestic abusers under judicial restraint are barred from Guns & ammo possession? And ‘No guns or ammo for crazies.’

            Delusional disorder paranoids own far too many U.S. guns e.g. Trump.

          • Mike January 7th, 2017 at 15:06

            How do you blame the FBI…?

            An obvious crazy walks in and confesses to being forced to join ISIS by mind control tech … what the hell are they supposed to do…???
            He hasn’t committed any crime and a report was filed. The FBI investigates real crime (and fake Hillary email stories planted by the Ruskies) anyway…this was neither.
            And while I completely agree with you about his not being allowed to own a gun under federal law… we both know it’s Newspeak meant to satisfy the stupid sedated masses of -90 IQer’s

            Now let’s examine the truth, logically…

            A year in a mental institution goes unreported because of HIPAA regulations, it doesn’t make the data base state and federal LEO’s go to for background checks. But even if it did, Alaska and Florida are both states that allow firearm sales to those not presently institutionalized or on medication … in other words, they allow crazies to own, purchase, carry, and transport loaded firearms.
            It has been reported he had no baggage other than the checked weapon… this didn’t seem to raise any red flags . Surely it might be common for a traveler on a short hop to carry little to nothing but we’re talking about a flight from AK to MN to FL … probably the longest domestic flight you can make (HI to NY ?) And it was one-way!!!! This alone should have made the TSA skip patting down grandma or searching some 3 year-old’s panties and give this guy a 2nd look… it didn’t.
            Checking guns is no big deal an the airport, but checking ammo usually is. The laws and regulations covering the sale and transportation of ammo are much more comprehensive for obvious reasons. I can’t believe that FAA flight regulations allow you to transport ammunition in the hold stuffed in your baggage.
            It’s also being reported he had DV issues and an open complaint … who knows, or more appropriately, what difference does it make ? Because federal, state, or local laws demand you surrender firearms in DV cases, there is no enforcement provision to this law. With the number of DV cases in this country, the cops would be doing nothing but confiscating guns all day.

            So all the so-called restrictive gun legislation I hear so much about and all the onerous hoops we are supposed to believe gun owners have to jump through, are just bullshit …. plain and simple. The entire system was thwarted by a mentally imbalanced 26-year-old kid … it’s a total and complete systemic failure at every level.

            • amongoose January 7th, 2017 at 18:06

              Yes, he was in violation of federal law in possession of that pistol. Enforcement of the law is usually in DV cases although a federal law is done on a local level by the courts and police in conjunction with the case. Somebody dropped the ball and it needs to be addressed, on the local level.
              As for reporting of mental illness, especially commitment, it really has to be done. As a libertarian I take some heat on that one, I can see it being done so long as there is a judicial process for reinstatement of rights. Some states do it, some do not. Thirty states mandate it be reported. And the reporting requirements vary.
              If yours doesn’t, or you think it needs to be stricter, hammer your state legislators. They are easier to convince and hold accountable.
              If he declared it and there was no check, that is a problem that needs to be fixed, immediately. Complete bag screening may have to be implemented, in case someone doesn’t bother to tell them.
              Long flights with little or no baggage, one way tickets are both red flags, or at least used to be. If the only thing he checked was a weapon and there wasn’t additional checks done at that point, someones head needs to roll, and the rules reexamined.
              The last time I traveled by air with weapons it was required that I send ammunition and weapon in separate locked boxes, one for rifle and pistol, one for ammunition. Not sure when it changed, haven’t flown in years. Upon deplaning and I had to pick them up at a security station, after I had gotten my bags when I arrived in Raleigh-Durham in N.C.
              If those rules are no longer in place they need to be, if they are and are not being enforced someones ass needs to be forcefully sent in the direction of their shoulders.

  4. StoneyCurtisll January 6th, 2017 at 21:30

    He went from selling cheap guitars on television to shooting people at and airport…
    What is the world coming to?
    I blame Donald Trump~!

  5. granpa.usthai January 6th, 2017 at 22:20

    maybe he was really really disappointed with his RR dancing partner at the layover airport?

  6. robert January 6th, 2017 at 23:30

    He had enough time to empty 3 mags then take a coffee break.

    So much for quick responses from armed TSA agents …..

    • whatthe46 January 7th, 2017 at 08:11

      yet, TSA are quick to pull a pregnant woman out of line, forcing her to undress proving she’s pregnant or making her drink her own bottled breast milk to make sure it’s not some bombing liquid. TF?

      • robert January 7th, 2017 at 11:28

        Lol I’m glad someone understands

    • Mensa Member January 7th, 2017 at 11:25

      Seriously, dude?

      You are going to blame the TSA rather than the gun or even the shooter?

      How long does it take for you to empty a “mag”?

      • robert January 7th, 2017 at 11:27

        How long does it take the TSA to get to the baggage area

        SERIOUSLY dude….

        • Mensa Member January 7th, 2017 at 11:37

          Where is your outrage at gun violence?

          But, seriously,

          How long does it take for a trained person to empty a mag?

          • Hirightnow January 7th, 2017 at 11:40

            About 6 seconds, add 2-3 seconds tops for a skilled shooter to switch magazines…this could have gone down in less than half of a minute.

            • Mensa Member January 7th, 2017 at 11:47

              Thanks for some facts. I’ve been searching and it’s debatable. What’s NOT debatable is that the whole thing could over in a minute or so.

              So, it’s absurd to blame the TSA for this rather than the gun or the shooter.

              • Hirightnow January 7th, 2017 at 11:52

                Yeah, it kinda is.
                Had a friend who was into the whole shooting range course runs, and he could go through the whole “shoot the targets, reload, shoot more targets, reload etc.” bit while moving,and do it so fast that it was scary.
                It doesn’t take a lot of time to accurately shoot a bunch of people.

                • Mensa Member January 7th, 2017 at 11:57

                  As I research this, I’m calling BS on “Robert.” Is he a paid NRA troll?

                  I can’t see any articles on how many “mags” the guy shot.

                  It seems like an intentional smokescreen to blame the TSA rather than the gun or the shooter.

                  It seems pretty clear to me that the escalation of military style weapons has created the problem of mass shooting.

                  • Hirightnow January 7th, 2017 at 12:03

                    “robert” isn’t a troll…he’s a regular commenter who has been here for a while.
                    In fact, I think that his point was more of a jab at how airport security functions in relation to how much security it actually provides, as opposed to saying that this could have been stopped (it couldn’t have, barring draconian measures and insanely strict airport security).
                    But, you’d have to ask him.
                    Oh, and this was a handgun…a “military-style” weapon, such as an AK-47, would have resulted much more carnage (Note that I’m not disagreeing with you, just pointing out what the article states).

                    • Mensa Member January 7th, 2017 at 13:02

                      I guess I sort-of remember Robert. I think paid trolls are on my mind because I read the Russian hacking report which prominently mentioned trolls.

                      I read the article but missed the hand gun reference. BTW, I consider some hand guns as only appropriate for military and police.

                      Basically, I think fast-shooting guns are not suitable for civilians. Length of barrel is not the issue for me.

                    • Hirightnow January 7th, 2017 at 14:31

                      You want Russian trolls, try Yahoo; you can’t read the comments on an article about a car recall without some jackwad yarfing about “It would be worse under shrillary”…

          • robert January 7th, 2017 at 13:18

            Had things fell into place this situation wouldn’t have happened. Where is my outrage ?

            The list would hit the floor on who is to blame for this

  7. Jungle_Bhoy January 7th, 2017 at 13:33

    It’s everybody’s fault except the Republicans and the NRA. Welcome to trumplandia.

    • Ian January 7th, 2017 at 18:18

      Yup. Rick Scott’s 1st words – “It’s too early to talk about …….”

      • RandyBastard January 9th, 2017 at 12:04

        Did you hear that awful toad say he’d been in contact with Trump and Pence and that he fully expected there to be federal help as a result. We have a president. We don’t need to wait two weeks for Herr Grōpinführer.

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