Accused David Ortiz gunman may be connected to NJ robbery

Nellie Chapman
June 14, 2019

Among the suspects were six who were arrested on Wednesday - including the suspected gunman, Rolfi Ferreira Cruz - and three additional suspects who were seen being perp walked into the Palace of Justice in Santo Domingo on Thursday evening.

New Jersey prosecutors said Thursday that Cruz is charged with multiple counts of armed robbery and illegal firearm counts stemming from two muggings in December 2017 in Clifton, N.J.

David Ortiz was shot and wounded at a Dominican Republic bar over the weekend.

Nine people, including three new suspects - a woman and two men - were rushed up the steps of the courthouse amid a crush of media to appear for the almost two-hour proceedings. The various defendants face a range of charges including accessory to attempted murder, attempted homicide, gang activity, and gun violations.

Surveillance video that captured Ortiz's shooting showed a gunman police identified as Ferreyra Cruz walking up behind Ortiz, who was sitting at the bar, and opening fire before running away. Authorities are investigating whether Lebron planned the attack on Ortiz, according to two people briefed on the probe.

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Investigators spoke with Féliz Garcia at a local hospital and were then able to locate the other five suspects now in custody. "He always advocates for the best for the Dominican Republic". At least one more person is being sought.

Mirabal Acosta was arrested Tuesday in the town of Mao, in the northern Dominican Republic.

"The victim stated Rivas-Clase threatened to have him killed a few days before the shooting occurred", the Berks County Sheriff's Office said in a statement posted on its Facebook page following the April 22, 2018, incident.

As the search for Luis Alfredo Rivas-Clase, 31, intensified, US authorities said he's also wanted for an attempted homicide in Pennsylvania that had striking similarities to the Sunday night shooting that left Ortiz with a bullet wound to the back.

Luis Rivas-Clase - Rivas-Clase, 31, also known as "The Surgeon", allegedly participated in the shooting and remains at large.

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