6 suspects, in­clud­ing gun­man, ar­rested in David Or­tiz shoot­ing

Pawtucket Times - - FRONT PAGE - By MICHAEL WEISSENSTE­IN

SANTO DOMINGO, Do­mini­can Repub­lic An al­leged gun­man and five ac­com­plices have been de­tained in the shoot­ing of for­mer Red Sox su­per­star David Or­tiz, Do­mini­can of­fi­cials said Wed­nes­day, while pro­vid­ing no in­for­ma­tion about why a group of young men would try to kill their country’s most beloved sports hero.

our other suspects were also be­ing pur­sued in the shoot­ing, which wit­nesses said was car­ried out by two men on a mo­tor­cy­cle, as­sisted by two other groups of peo­ple in cars.

“At this mo­ment, they are be­ing in­ter­ro­gated and we will con­tinue deep­en­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion to get to the truth about what hap­pened,” Chief Pros­e­cu­tor Jean Alain Ro­dríguez said.

“Nobody in­volved in this un­for­tu­nate episode will es­cape jus­tice, nei­ther those who car­ried it out nor the master­mind,” he said.

The na­tional po­lice di­rec­tor, Maj. Gen. Ney Aldrin Bautista Al­monte, said the co­or­di­na­tor of the attack was of­fered 400,000 Do­mini­can pe­sos, or about $7,800, to or­ches­trate the shoot­ing. He said the al­leged co­or­di­na­tor was also among those in cus­tody.

Ro­dríguez and Bautista de­clined to give a mo­tive for the shoot­ing at a pop­u­lar Santo Domingo bar Sun­day night or say who had hired the at­tack­ers.

They promised, how­ever, that all those who tar­geted Or­tiz in the base­ball-crazy Caribbean country would be brought to jus­tice.

“We rec­og­nize the sym­bol­ism that David Or­tiz rep­re­sents, and we prom­ise that this case will be cleared up com­pletely,” Bautista said.

Or­tiz is one of the most beloved fig­ures in sports his­tory in the Do­mini­can Repub­lic and Bos­ton, a fear­some power hit­ter with a ready smile. The slug­ger known as Big Papi led the Red Sox to three

World Se­ries cham­pi­onships, was a -time All-Star and hit 5 home runs.

The Red So re­tired his num­ber, , in 2 a year af­ter he re­tired and %os­ton re­named a bridge and a stretch of road out­side )en­way Park in his honor. e main­tains a home in We­ston, on the out­skirts of %os­ton.

2rti gal­vani ed the city in the after­math of the 2 %os­ton Marathon bomb­ing that left three peo­ple dead, bel­low­ing through a mega­phone at )en­way Park: “This is our e ple­tive city ”

While 2rti lived in %os­ton, he vis­ited the Do­mini­can Repub­lic at least si times a year, where he crossed paths with a wide va­ri­ety of fig­ures from the country s le­git­i­mate and il­le­gal busi­ness worlds, ac­cord­ing to friends.

2rti stu­diously avoided mi ing with shady char­ac­ters, but a law-en­force­ment of­fi­cial said on con­di­tion of anonymity that of­fi­cials were in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether 2rti may have formed some re­la­tion­ship or acTuain­tance dur­ing a trip here that, with­out his knowl­edge, set off the chain of events lead­ing to his shoot­ing.

Among the suspects in cus­tody was the al­leged shooter, iden­ti­fied by au­thor­i­ties as Rolfy )er­reyra, aka Sandy, a skinny, tat­tooed 25-year-old who of­fi­cials said had con­fessed to the shoot­ing.

In a state­ment, of­fi­cials said the weapon used, a %rown­ing i Power semi-au­to­matic pis­tol, had been handed to sus­pect 2liver Moises Mira­bal Acosta, then to sus­pect Por­firio Al­lende Dechamps VasTue , AKA The Kid, who buried it in the gar­den of his home.

%oth men have been ar­rested and the gun has been re­cov­ered.

Also un­der ar­rest were Joel Ro­drtgue de la ru , aka STuiddy Rey­naldo Ro­drtgue Valen uela, aka The hi­na­man and the sus­pected driver of the mo­tor­cy­cle, (ddy Vladimir )eli arcta, aka The Pack­age.

Many were caught in the same clothes they were seen wear­ing on surveil­lance video, %autista said.

The four suspects still at large were iden­ti­fied as Luis Al­fredo Ri­vas lase, aka The Surgeon, as well as a woman known as The Vene ue­lan, or Red, and two other men, pros­e­cu­tors said in a state­ment.

Mean­while, in %os­ton, 2rti s wife said in state­ment that the for­mer Red So slug­ger was able to sit up and take some steps as he re­cu­per­ates in the in­ten­sive care unit at Mas­sachusetts en­eral os­pi­tal.

“ is con­di­tion is guarded, and he will re­main in the I for the com­ing days, but he is mak­ing good progress to­ward re­cov­ery,” Tif­fany 2rti said in the state­ment.

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

2ne of the suspects, Mira­bal Acosta, was seen driv­ing the Ac­cent be­fore mount­ing a mo­tor­cy­cle driven by the 25-year-old )eli arcta, the pros­e­cu­tors said in a court doc­u­ment.

“In one of the videos it was pos­si­ble to ob­serve both the ac­cused and the shooter plan­ning the com­mis­sion of the in­ci­dent,” the pros­e­cu­tors said.

The doc­u­ment also re­vealed in­ep­ti­tude, say­ing the mo­tor­cy­cle driver, )eli arcta, was cap­tured af­ter he skid­ded and fell off his bike as the pair tried to flee. (nraged fans cap­tured )eli arcta and beat him bloody be­fore hand­ing him over to po­lice.

Mira­bal Acosta was cap­tured Tues­day night in the town of Mao in the north­ern Do­mini­can Repub­lic.

)eli arcta s lawyer said his client, who has been charged with be­ing an ac­com­plice to at­tempted mur­der, is an in­no­cent mo­tor­cy­cle ta i driver who had no idea his pas­sen­ger was go­ing to com­mit a crime.

“ e didn t know what they were go­ing to do. e s a fan of David s,” the at­tor­ney, Deivi Solano, said Tues­day.

2rti s fa­ther and a sis­ter live in Santo Domingo and the -year-old for­mer Red So great was ac­tive on the so­cial scene here, hit­ting nightspots with friends who included TV per­son­al­i­ties and Do­mini­can reg­gae­ton mu­si­cians.

%eloved in his home­town, 2rti trav­eled the dan­ger­ous streets of the Do­mini­can cap­i­tal with lit­tle or no se­cu­rity, trust­ing his fans to pro­tect him, ac­cord­ing to friends.

The Do­mini­can Repub­lic is one of the world s most dan­ger­ous coun­tries.

The mur­der rate stands at 2.5 killings per , peo­ple, plac­ing the Do­mini­can Repub­lic in the top to 5 of the most vi­o­lent coun­tries in the world, ac­cord­ing to the .S. State Depart­ment.

Photo by Keith Allison

Re­tired Red Sox star David Or­tiz con­tin­ues to show good progress as he re­cov­ers from the bul­let wound he suf­fered Sun­day night in the Do­mini­can Repub­lic.

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