Attack on Ortiz Was More Sophisticated Than Thought

According to video, witnesses, say prosecutors
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 12, 2019 1:44 PM CDT
Video Shows Attack on Ortiz Was Both Sophisticated, Inept
Eddy Vladimir Feliz Garcia, in custody in connection with the shooting of former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, is transferred by police to court in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Tuesday, June 11, 2019.   (AP Photo/Roberto Guzman)

Dominican prosecutors say witnesses and security camera footage show that the attempt to kill former Red Sox star David Ortiz was carried out by two men on a motorcycle and two other groups of people in cars, indicating a new level of sophistication in the attack. In a court document obtained by the AP on Wednesday, Dominican prosecutors said one of the shooting suspects, Oliver Moisés Mirabal Acosta, was driving a grey Hyundai Accent before mounting a motorcycle driven by 25-year-old Eddy Vladimir Feliz García. Prosecutors also said the two men were seen on security camera footage talking with other people in the Accent and another Hyundai in a nearby street before the shooting at 9:20pm on Sunday.

"In one of the videos it was possible to observe both the accused and the shooter planning the commission of the incident right on Octavio Mejía Ricard Street, which is parallel to the place where the event took place," prosecutors said in the court document. The document also revealed ineptitude, saying motorcycle driver Feliz Garcia was captured after he skidded and fell off his bike as the pair tried to flee on Sunday. Mirabal Acosta was captured Tuesday night in the town of Mao in the northern Dominican Republic. Feliz García's lawyer says his client is an innocent motorcycle taxi driver who had no idea his passenger was going to commit a crime. (Meanwhile, Ortiz's wife said the former Red Sox star was able to sit up and take some steps as he recuperates in the ICU at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.)

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