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CIB and SOB Execute Warrants, Arrest Man for Attempted Murder

St. Croix, USVI - On April 12, 2023, the 911 Emergency Call Center received reports of shots being fired in the Candido Guadalupe Housing Complex. Upon the arrival of the initial responding officers, contact was made with the victims and witnesses in this matter. Investigation disclosed that 39-year-old Mr. Juanito Ortiz, Jr., fired shots at two minors and an adult in the residential area. Thereafter investigating this matter, an arrest and search warrant were obtained from the Superior Court for Mr. Juanito Ortiz Jr., and his residence.

Juanito Ortiz, Jr.

Members of the Criminal Investigation Bureau and Special Operations Bureau executed the search and arrest warrant at Mr. Ortiz’s residence. Mr. Ortiz was detained without incident. He was advised of his Miranda Rights and gave a statement admitted to firing shots in the air on the same date. He was placed under arrest for Attempted Murder in the First Degree and Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree. He was booked and unable to post bail which was set at $300,000.00 in this matter. Mr. Ortiz was transported to the John Bell Correctional Facility pending his Advice of Rights Hearing at the Superior Court.

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