Witnesses: Off-duty deputy dragged woman by hair after she screamed for help

Part-time detention officer Aida Santos fired after Sept. 9 arrest

SAN ANTONIO – A police report released Monday sheds light on the family violence arrest of an off-duty Bexar County Sheriff's Office deputy earlier this month.

Aida Santos, 28, was fired Sept. 9, hours after being arrested at her West Side apartment on a charge of family assault causing injury.

Santos is accused of dragging a woman by her hair through a third-floor breeze way and then into an apartment as witnesses screamed at her to stop, according to a San Antonio Police Department report.

SAPD officers responding to a reported disturbance earlier in the night had made contact with Santos at her apartment in the 8500 block of Highway 151, according to the report.

Santos was uncooperative, told officers their assistance was not needed and then went into her apartment and shut the door, the report said.

Santos did not show signs of injuries to her face, the officer wrote.

A short time later, SAPD dispatchers received over 20 calls from residents who said that they could hear a woman screaming for help.

Once back at the scene, officers were told by witnesses that Santos dragged the woman by her hair and arms before the pair disappeared into the apartment.

Officers found a bedroom door damaged and wrote that the living room was in disarray and noted that Santos now had visible injuries to her face.

Investigators also found a chunk of hair in the apartment that possibly belonged to the victim.

The alleged victim returned to the apartment while officers were still there, but refused to answer questions, the report states.

Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said last week that deputy misconduct is not an issue that can be arrested away.

Salazar released the following statement Monday:

Although the details of the criminal offense are in the purview of SAPD, we will assist as requested by them. My Policy is to handle offenses such as this as swiftly and severely as allowable by law, civil service, and collective bargaining agreement with the Deputy Sheriff's Association of Bexar County. Ms. Santos'  employment was immediately terminated, and she is not eligible for rehire.

Santos is among 19 deputies arrested on criminal charges since the start of the year, including four during an eight-day period this month.

A Sheriff's Office spokesperson previously said that Salazar informed Santos she was being terminated during a face-to-face meeting at the Central Magistrate's Office while Santos was still in custody.

Santos no longer had civil service protection after recently moving to a part-time position.


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Emmy-award winning reporter Dillon Collier joined the KSAT 12 Defenders in 2016. Dillon's investigative stories air weeknights on the Nightbeat. He provides restaurant health reports for KSAT's "Behind the Kitchen Door." Dillon is a two-time Houston Press Club Journalist of the Year and a Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Reporter of the Year.