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Suspect in David Ortiz shooting likely also wanted in Pennsylvania for attempted murder: DA

Posted at 12:40 PM, Jun 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-13 13:02:19-04

Luis Rivas-Clase, a suspect in the David Ortiz shooting, is believed to be the same man wanted by Pennsylvania authorities on a charge of an attempted homicide. (Dominican Republic National Police)

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — One of the suspects being sought in the shooting of former Red Sox superstar David Ortiz is believed to be the same man who’s wanted by Pennsylvania authorities on a charge of attempted homicide.

Luis Rivas-Clase, 31, is charged in an April 2018 shooting in Reading. The victim, who was shot in the lower back, told authorities that Rivas-Clase threatened to have him killed a few days before the shooting, according to the Berks County sheriff’s office.

Pennsylvania authorities released a mug shot of Rivas-Clase that strongly resembles the suspect in an image provided by Dominican authorities, who provided the same name but without the hyphen listed in U.S. court documents.

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. He said confirmation would have to come through a fingerprint match.

In any event, Pennsylvania authorities don’t expect to see Rivas-Clase back in Pennsylvania to face trial anytime soon, if ever.

“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.

Rivas-Clase separately faces charges stemming from an October traffic stop in Reading. Police charged him with providing false identification to law enforcement and driving without a license. Bail was set at $10,000. Records show a bail bondsman posted bond on Nov. 29.

Rivas-Clase skipped bail and was subsequently declared a fugitive, according to an online docket.

This news comes after reports that another man allegedly involved in the hit on Ortiz, 25-year-old Rolfy Ferreyra-Cruz, may also be wanted for armed robberies in New Jersey.

Six men, the alleged gunman and five accomplices, have already been detained by police for Ortiz’s shooting, Dominican officials said Wednesday. Rivas-Clase is the only suspect that has yet to be apprehended.

An alleged gunman and five accomplices have been detained in the shooting of former Red Sox superstar David Ortiz, Dominican officials said. (Top left to right) Rolfy Ferreyra Cruz, Luis Alfredo Rivas Clase, Oliver Moises Mirabal Acosta, Eddy Vladimir Feliz Garcia (Bottom left to right) Joel Rodriguez Cruz, Polfirio Allende Dechamps Vasquez, Reynaldo Rodriguez Valenzuela (Dominican Republic National Police) All the men with the exception of Rivas Clase have been detained.