Woman resists arrest by slapping, kicking and spitting

It took St. Johnsbury Police Cpl. George Johnson just over two weeks to locate a woman wanted for an alleged assault at the Legion Baseball fields, and when he caught up to her on Monday afternoon she reportedly resisted arrest by slapping, kicking and spitting. Brianna Santiago, 24, of St. Johnsbury, was arrested on Pearl Street after Cpl. Johnson called for backup because Santiago reportedly argued against being taken into custody. The corporal said he has been looking for Santiago since April 24, when Santiago allegedly assaulted Trina Cookson, 50, at the ballfields off Elm Street. “She smacked Cookson across the face with a phone.  Out on patrol Monday afternoon, Cpl. Johnson saw her near a vehicle parked on Pearl Street and confronted her. “I told her she was under arrest, and she told me she wasn’t,” he said. “She said she knew her ‘amendments’ and if I didn’t have physical evidence I couldn’t arrest her.” The corporal said he decided to call for assistance when it was clear Santiago wasn’t going to easily be taken into custody. A couple of minutes later another officer arrived and she was taken into custody..