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Police seize 27 guns from Utahn charged with ‘savagely’ beating woman

South Jordan man was prohibited from possessing firearms, police say

Santiago Maese
Santiago Maese
Salt Lake County Jail

SOUTH JORDAN — A man who was not allowed to possess firearms while his domestic violence case was pending has been rearrested after police reported finding 27 guns in his house.

Santiago Maese, 42, of South Jordan, was arrested Saturday for investigation of 27 counts of violation of a protective order and 27 counts of possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person.

On July 30, Maese was charged in 3rd District Court with assault and domestic violence in the presence of a child, both class B misdemeanors.

On Aug. 29, a pretrial protective order was issued in the case which stated, in part, that Maese “is prohibited from purchasing, using or possessing a firearm.”

On Sept. 24, police were called to Maese’s residence where he assaulted another woman, according to a police report.

“(Maese) held the victim down in his front entryway of his residence and repeatedly choked and punched her. Maese choked the victim until she could not breathe,” the report states.

According to an affidavit filed by prosecutors in the domestic violence case, Maese “savagely beat” his victim.

The woman lost partial consciousness and was transported to a local hospital for treatment, according to the police report.

While officers were at the house, they noticed firearms in plain view. Investigators returned a few days later with a search warrant for the house. A total of 27 firearms were seized, including “a shotgun, two AR-15s and multiple handguns,” the affidavit states.

Prosecutors are seeking to have Maese’s pretrial release revoked.

Help for people in abusive relationships can be found by contacting the YWCA’s Women in Jeopardy program at 801-537-8600, or the confidential statewide Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-897-LINK (5465). Resources are also available online at udvc.org.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month.