Dominican Republic Attorney General Jean Alain Rodriguez released CCTV footage of the brazen shooting of retired Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz and announced the arrest of Ramon Martinez Perez along with four others in a group offered almost $8,000 to kill Ortiz at a Santo Domingo bar.
Law enforcement officials in Berks County provided a mugshot of Rivas-Clase that closely resembles the image provided by Dominican authorities, who identified the suspect in the Ortiz shooting by the same name, only without the hyphen.
Ortiz had emergency surgery in his native Dominican Republic after he was shot in the back at a Santo Domingo night club overnight Sunday.
Ortiz continues to recover at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he remains in intensive care but is in stable condition. The gunman has not been arrested, and police say they do not yet have a motive.
Rolfy Ferreyra Cruz, 25, (left) and Luis Alfredo Rivas Clase, 31, (right) were both wanted in connection with crimes in other states at the time of the attack on David Ortiz.
The person who police believe orchestrated the attempt on Ortiz's life was also detained.
"To the awesome surgeons, medical team, and staff at the Abel González Clinic in the Dominican Republic, there are no words to express our gratitude for the wonderful care you provided", she said.
He said that the attackers were offered 400,000 Dominican pesos (around $ 7,800) to carry out the attack.
"It didn't just involve two people, more people took part", Bautista told a press conference, adding that another man linked to the plot nicknamed "The Surgeon" remained at large. 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. That victim, like Ortiz, survived a bullet wound to the back. "Garcia was charged Tuesday with being an accomplice to the murder", reports Fox.
Ortiz began his career by playing six seasons for the Minnesota Twins (1997-2002), but his career took off after he joined the Red Sox. He underwent a second surgery in Boston after being flown in the following day. Witnesses captured at least one man, beat him and waited until police arrived to scoop him up to jail. "He's a fan of David's", the attorney, Deivi Solano, said Tuesday.
"His condition is guarded, and he will remain in the ICU for the coming days, but he is making good progress toward recovery", she said.
The Dominican newspaper Diario Libre reported on Wednesday that Mirabal Acosta has been connected with a gang of drug dealers and assassins in Santo Domingo Este.