Suspect in Ortiz shooting likely wanted in Pennsylvania

Yankees reliever Zack Britton's mother is from the Dominican Republic and she doesn't want her rich high-profile son going back because of the country's violence. (John Munson | NJ Advance Media for

Five other people have been detained in connection with the shooting.

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.

Rolfi Ferreira-Cruz, 25, of Reading, Pennsylvania, was charged on January 5, 2018, with multiple counts of armed robbery, aggravated assault, employing a juvenile in the commission of a crime and various weapons offenses, including possession of hollow point bullets for the Clifton robberies, according to a release from the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office.

Prosecution spokesman Erick Montilla responded to the media reports, saying he doubted any Dominican would not recognize David Ortiz and that Ferreira Cruz was making up a "story" to avoid being "lynched" in jail.

Prosecutors have charged eight men and one woman as accomplices. The 25-year-old from Reading, Pennsylvania, has never been apprehended on those charges.

It is unclear what charges each of the suspects face, but investigators are treating the case as an attempted murder.

Authorities say the suspects were offered $8,000 to kill Ortiz. One said police are investigating whether Lebron played a role in arranging the $7,800 payout to the alleged hitmen.

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Authorities in the Dominican Republic have said they have a Rolfy Ferreyra in custody and that he has confessed to the shooting. "For us, as Dominican players, it's a very bad image".

Luis Rivas-Clase, 31, is charged in an April 2018 shooting in Reading.

The director of the National Police, General Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte shows the weapon that was used to shoot at the former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, during a press conference at the Attorney General's Office in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Wednesday, June 12, 2019.

"David remains in guarded condition in the surgical intensive care unit following his second surgery".

Authorities in the Dominican Republic say Rivas-Clase is still at large.

Several news outlets have reported that Acosta is the nephew of well-known Dominican sports commentator Franklin Mirabal. At least one more person is being sought.



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