ROCKVILLE, Md. (WJLA) - Santiago Perez is the victim in this case. A picture of him was taken shortly after he was attacked - just after leaving his Germantown house on his way to work at 4:30 a.m. on June 25, 2012.
In court on Tuesday, Perez testified that he was grabbed from behind by a masked man who punched, choked, and bit him on the head and finger. Perez says that during the struggle he thought he was going to die, but was able to break free and get help.
It turns out that his attacker was 22-year-old Khiry Blue, an army soldier who had served in Afghanistan and was stationed in Fort Hood, Texas along with Luisa Paiz, the mother of Santiago Perez's son.
In September, Blue pleaded guilty to receiving $5,000 from Paiz to travel to Germantown and kill Perez.
Perez and Paiz had reportedly been in an ongoing custody battle over their son, and according to prosecutors, this is why she hatched this murder-for-hire scheme.
Paiz did admit to police that she paid Blue, but she claims she paid to have Perez beat up - not killed.