Tiffany Ortiz, David Ortiz’s Wife, Issues New Statement On Red Sox Legend

Nellie Chapman
June 13, 2019

A spokeswoman for the national prosecutor's office in the Dominican Republic says a second person has been arrested in the investigation into the shooting of former Red Sox star David Ortiz.

Ortiz was rushed to a hospital in Santo Domingo and underwent an operation in which doctors removed parts of his liver and small and large intestines, officials said.

David Ortiz's wife on Thursday praised the "quick thinking" of a friend who rushed the former Red Sox star to the hospital in a Rolls-Royce after he was shot in a botched hit job at a Dominican Republic bar.

Prosecutors said security camera footage showed two men on the motorcycle talking with other people in a gray Hyundai Accent and in another Hyundai in a nearby street before the shooting.

Authorities said they are continuing to search for four other suspects wanted in connection to the shooting, including Luis Rivas-Clase, 31, who prosecutors say is also known as "The Surgeon".

However, the police chief didn't address a potential motive.

Two others were wounded in the attack, including television host Jhoel Lopez, who was seated with Ortiz and who was struck in the leg by the same bullet that hit Ortiz.

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The Dominican Republic has one of the highest murder rates in the world, with most homicides committed during robberies, according to the U.S. State Department. Gen. Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte.

Also under arrest were Joel Rodríguez de la Cruz, aka Squiddy; Reynaldo Rodríguez Valenzuela, aka The Chinaman; and the suspected driver of the motorcycle, Eddy Vladimir Feliz García, aka The Package.

Ortiz "continues to heal and make progress" after being shot in the lower back Sunday night in the Dominican Republic and being transported to Boston a day later. He was arrested Sunday night and was charged Tuesday as an accomplice to attempted murder.

Pennsylvania authorities released a mug shot of Rivas-Clase that strongly resembles the suspect in an image provided by Dominican authorities, who provided the same name but without the hyphen listed in USA court documents.

Police in the Dominican Republic are now reporting that this was an orchestrated attack against Ortiz and that a 400,000 Peso, or $8,000 hit was placed on Ortiz, according to Complex.

Ortiz became a spokesperson for the resilience of Bostonians after the Boston Marathon bombing in April 2013 when he told the crowd at Fenway Park: "This is our f-ing city, and no one is going to dictate our freedom. He's a fan of David's", the attorney, Deivi Solano, said Tuesday.

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