Court Notebook: Immokalee woman nets prison in fiery robbery attempt

A 29-year-old Immokalee woman who set a deodorant can on fire and threatened to stab a man to death has been sent to prison for five years.

Judge Frank Baker imposed the two concurrent five-year terms on Yelitza Ivette Santiago after adjudicating her guilty of attempted robbery and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. He also gave her credit for time served in the county jail since her arrest by deputies in June.

Santiago faced up to 15 years in a state prison on the battery charge, a second-degree felony, but was sentenced as part of a plea agreement.

Arrest reports said Andreas Rodriguez, 56, told deputies Santiago came to his Colorado Street trailer at about 3:45 a.m. and picked up a can of his deodorant and lit the combustible spray can with a lighter.

She held the burning can up to his face and demanded money, then took a knife from her purse and threatened to kill him. She stabbed him just below his right knee before fleeing, but was arrested later that day.

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