Livingston County Sheriff's Office Photograph David M. Santillo

LIVONIA – A Lakeville man is facing felony criminal contempt charges following an investigation into a domestic incident, reports the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies were called to an address of Russell Drive about 1:50 a.m. on Sept. 8.

The investigation alleges that David M. Santillo, 38, came to the residence and got into a physical altercation with a female resident, which including pulling her hair and making verbal threats, the Sheriff’s Office said.

It was further alleged that Santillo has a current court-issued order of protection in place against him, requiring him to stay away from the four children who live at the residence. The four children were home at the time of the incident and two of them witnessed the incident, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Santillo had left the residence prior to deputies arriving. It is alleged that Santillo took the female resident’s vehicle without her permission, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies obtained arrest warrants for Santillo on charges of four counts of first-degree criminal contempt, a Class E felony; two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, second-degree harassment, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Santillo was located by State Police during a Sept. 13 traffic stop in the town of Pike. Deputies took custody of Santillo and was turned over to Central Booking deputies at Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention. The District Attorney’s Office requested that Santillo be held on $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond due to the felony-level charges.

Santillo was later arraigned at Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part at Livingston County Jail before Town of Conesus Justice Ellen Coyne, who remanded Santillo to the custody of the Sheriff on $1,500 cash bail or $3,000 bond.

The incident was handled by members of the Patrol Division under the leadership of Acting Capt. Ryan Swanson and the Criminal Investigations Division under Capt. Brian Applin.

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