Accused airport gunman was ordered to complete anger management course

Esteban Santiago, 26, previously accused of hitting, choking girlfriend

By Michael Seiden - Reporter

ANCHORAGE, Alaska. - More details are being released about a 26-year-old man accused of killing five people and injuring numerous others last week in a shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

Local 10 News has learned that Esteban Santiago agreed to enter an anger management course after police said he choked and hit his girlfriend in their apartment.

Santiago was supposed to take a 12-week anger management course in downtown Anchorage. In return, prosecutors agreed to drop domestic violence and criminal mischief charges against him, which could have landed him in jail.

Prosecutors said he never submitted paperwork showing that he had completed the course.

The charges stem from a January 2016 incident in which Santiago was accused of assaulting his girlfriend, who is the mother of his child.

The daughter of Santiago's girlfriend spoke to Local 10 News on Monday.

"We just bumped into him here and there, but I never felt like this was going to happen," Robyn Peterson said.

Peterson's mother has not spoken to the media, but guests at a motel where Santiago was living before heading to Fort Lauderdale said they never saw him with a firearm.

"We all hope that the victims of this see justice," Peterson said.

The FBI said Santiago walked into their office in November, claiming that the government was controlling his mind.

Investigators said he spent time at a mental hospital. He was released and given back his gun

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