Former USF baseball player arrested, faces felony charges
Former USF baseball player Jordan Santos, 22, was arrested Oct. 9 and is facing multiple felony charges including false imprisonment, domestic violence by strangulation, battery on a law enforcement officer and burglary of a structure with assault or battery, according to Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) records.
He is no longer a member of the USF baseball after playing with the Bulls from 2019-20, according to a statement from USF Athletics.
“Jordan Santos is no longer a member of our baseball team,” a USF Athletics representative said. “All members of our athletics program are held to high standards of conduct and we will not tolerate any actions contrary to our values.”
Police said Santos attacked a woman, which was connected to the domestic violence by strangulation charge.
In a separate incident shortly thereafter, Santos entered a private fenced-in area outside another woman’s home on North 56th Street in Temple Terrace at 1:15 a.m., according to a Hillsborough County criminal report affidavit. The resident noticed Santos and he “intentionally punched and kicked the victim against her will.” The victim was left with “bruising and swelling to multiple parts” of her body, according to the affidavit.
Approximately 10 minutes later, police detained Santos near the victim’s residence. An HSCO officer removed Santos from his vehicle to be transferred to Temple Terrace police when Santos “willfully and intentionally” struck the officer in the groin, according to court documents.
Santos’ bond was set at $7,000. He was released Oct. 11, two days after he was detained, according to court records.
Editor in Chief Leda Alvim also contributed to this story.