CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Chesterfield Police have identified the woman accused of holding a gun to a 16-year-old girl's head as she was walking home from the bus stop.
Police say the incident happened just before 2:40 p.m. Monday, near the intersection of South Jessup Road and East Banes Court. We spoke to the victim off camera, and she tells us that she was walking to her house with a group of other teens who also go to Meadowbrook High School.
She asked us not to reveal her identity, but tells us Desantiago came speeding by the group while they were walking. Then, she says the woman came back and jumped out of the car with a gun.
Trudy Stokes happened to be driving by as it all happened: "That girl could have lost her life," said Stokes. "Now let's be real. She coulda died. My heart was pounding, I'm praying and saying Jesus, don't let this happen."
Stokes got out to help the teens. She says Desantiago was holding a gun to the 16-year-old's head. She estimates at least 10 teens were there. At some point, the teen said Desantiago hit her head and the gun flew to the ground.
Stokes says several other teens dove to grab the gun and help the girl, but a man who was on the scene with Desantiago picked it up and put it in the back of his pants.
Meanwhile, Stokes says Desantiago grabbed the teen's hair and wouldn't let go.
"I was trying to pry her hands loose," Stokes told us. "It was like a demon. She was so mad with this girl."
Stokes told us Desantiago claimed the teen had a "smart mouth".
At some point, we're told a school bus drove by the scene and stokes was able to ask the driver to help her call police.
Several witnesses say Desantiago and the man each got in a car and drove off. Desantiago was later arrested for her suspected role in the crime.
Desantiago will be back in court April 26.