Video shows sophisticated attack on ex-slugger David Ortiz

Lester Mason
June 13, 2019

A man charged with shooting former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz in the Dominican Republic may also be wanted for two 2017 street robberies in Clifton.

"At this moment, [the suspects] are being interrogated and we will continue deepening the investigation to get to the truth about what happened", stated Jean Alain Rodriguez, the Chief Prosecutor, at the press conference.

Rodríguez said: "Nobody involved in this lamentable episode will remain in impunity, not even the material or intellectual author" of the crime, said Rodríguez.

Ortiz was recovering in the intensive care unit of Massachusetts General Hospital Wednesday night.

Ortiz, 43, was resting in the ICU at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, where he is expected to remain for at least several days.

A witness told police he saw Féliz García and the gunman get into a auto that was parked near the scene of the shooting before gunfire erupted, the charging documents say.

But they say he had help: New surveillance video shows a meeting between the suspects in two cars, and the accused motorcycle driver, Eddy Garcia, near the bar before the ambush.

Ortiz studiously avoided mixing with shady characters, but a law-enforcement official said on condition of anonymity that officials were investigating whether Ortiz may have formed some relationship or acquaintance during a trip here that, without his knowledge, set off the chain of events leading to his shooting. "Yesterday and this morning, David was able to sit up as well as take some steps", the statement read.

Oliver Moisés Mirabal Acosta, who was captured Tuesday night in the town of Mao in the northern Dominican Republic, was driving a grey Hyundai Accent before mounting the bike driven by 25-year-old Eddy Vladimir Feliz García, the document said. Ortiz was shot Sunday night in the DR, suffering gunshot wounds to his lower back/abdomen area and the bullet went through his stomach requiring immediate surgery.

Ortiz played 20 Major League Baseball seasons, spending his first six years with the Minnesota Twins before joining the Boston Red Sox.

Meanwhile, local authorities in the Dominican Republic on Wednesday revealed they had six people in custody for the botched hit job.

The two suspects are part of a group that was allegedly offered roughly $8,000 to assassinate Ortiz, authorities said, according to NBC News.

"Since this individual would be subject to charges in the Dominican Republic, the chance of us getting him back is frankly far-fetched, " he told The Associated Press.

Berks County District Attorney John Adams said Thursday that based on the images in the mug shots, and the name match, he believes it's the same suspect.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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