Chilling new details emerge in the attempted murder of David Ortiz


Five men are now in custody in the Dominican Republic tied to the attempted murder of baseball star David Ortiz, authorities announced Wednesday, saying it was a coordinated attack for which the men were allegedly paid the equivalent of $8,000.

Jean Alain Rodríguez Sánchez, the Dominican Republic’s chief prosecutor, spoke at a press briefing, indicating that authorities believe they have the alleged shooter in custody but are still pursuing one more suspect.

Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte, the director of the Dominican National Police, also presented the black handgun allegedly used to shoot Ortiz on Sunday night outside of a popular nightspot in Ortiz’s hometown of Santo Domingo.

Authorities say the attack on Ortiz was planned the night before, according to court documents obtained by The Boston Globe. The men believed to be part of the plot met Sunday night with two cars and a motorcyle parked nearby.

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Two men — including alleged shooter Ramón Martínez Perez, who goes by the name Rolfie and was named for the first time Wednesday — left on the motorcycle to attack Ortiz. The driver was 25-year-old Eddy Vladimir Feliz García, who lost control of the motorcycle, crashed and was detained and beaten by nearby citizens. Initial reports from the scene believed that García was the shooter.

No motive has yet been announced for the attack on Ortiz, whose condition is improving in a Boston hospital.


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