Second woman arrested on attempted murder charge in Ames shooting

Isabella Rosario
Ames Tribune

April 2021 update: Felicita Santana pleaded guilty to first-degree harassment and assault with a dangerous weapon on April 19. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for June 1 at the Story County Courthouse.

A second woman charged with attempted murder in an October shooting has been arrested.

Felicita Lynn Santana, 21, of Ames was charged with attempted murder on Nov. 12. She was arrested this weekend in the Chicago area by a fugitive team of U.S. Marshals, Ames police Sgt. Derek Grooters said.

Kiara Nicole Santana, 23, of Boone is charged with attempted murder, going armed with intent and assault with a dangerous weapon in relation to the incident. She was arrested on Nov. 12 and has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

The Santanas are sisters. Both are in Story County Jail on a cash-only $500,000 bond.

Previously:Boone woman charged with attempted murder

The morning of Oct. 16, the victim found her boyfriend at Kiara Santana's place of work, caused a disturbance and vandalized her vehicle, a criminal complaint said.

That afternoon, the victim and Santana were texting while both sisters were riding in a car following the victim's van. Santana told the victim to turn left, and so the victim turned into a parking lot at 4128 Lincoln Swing, according to a criminal complaint. The car followed and parked perpendicular to the victim's van.

As the victim exited her van, the sisters exited the passenger front and rear of the car. The victim saw a gun in Kiara Santana's hand before three shots were fired at the victim, who was uninjured. The sisters got back in the car and rode away.

According to police, the suspect car was identified by security footage and admissions given by the driver. There are no plans to charge the driver in this incident, Grooters said.

The victim told police that due to shock and the speed at which the incident took place, she was unsure which woman fired the shots. She said one woman could have handed the weapon to the other before shooting.

Casings and bullet defects were located at the scene and embedded in the victim's van near the driver's side door, where the victim says she was standing when shots were fired.

Regardless of who fired the weapon, both sisters are charged in this incident referencing code 703.1 Aiding and Abetting, according to the criminal complaints.

"The three shots were fired at the victim and were 9mm rounds. If a person is shot with 3 bullets, it is likely that a force or chain of events will take place that will result in the death of the other person," both criminal complaints say.

Felicita Santana had an initial court appearance Saturday. A preliminary hearing in her case is slated for Dec. 29.

A pretrial conference in Kiara Santana's case is set for March 15, 2021 and the jury trial will begin on March 23, 2021.

Isabella Rosario is a public safety reporter for the Ames Tribune. She can be reached by email at irosario@gannett.com or on Twitter at @irosarioc.