::Arrests Made In Murder Of 13 Year Old
From Raleigh Chronicle Staff & Wire Reports
Wednesday May 9, 2007
RALEIGH - According to Raleigh Police, a total of five arrests have been made in the May 1st shooting death of a 14 year old girl that also left her mother in the hospital.
The shooting took place at 4401-101 Green Road and Raleigh Police found the two gunshot victims inside the apartment at that location.
Police say that a warrant for the arrest of a sixth suspect has also been issued.
On Thursday, May 3, Wilson Batista Roldao, Jr. was charged with one count of accessory after the fact of murder and is currently in the Wake County Jail.
Police say that on Thursday, May 3rd, three male suspects were arrested near Baltimore, Maryland. The suspects were apprehended by members of the Baltimore County Police Department and members of Raleigh Police
Department's Fugitive Task Force.
According to Jim Sughrue of the Raleigh Police Department, the three suspects, who are being held in Maryland pending extradition, are:
---Francisco Javier Mora Mejia, who is charged with murder;
---Omar Varona Sandoval, who is charged with murder; and,
---Manuel Arturo Benavides Arias, who is charged with accessory after the fact of murder.
Also, on Monday, May 7th, Raul Antonio Pichardo was arrested in Raleigh. He was charged with murder and taken to the Wake County Jail.
An arrest warrant for murder has been obtained for Shawn Delmar Taylor, but police say that Taylor remains at large.
The investigation of the homicide is being conducted by the Raleigh Police Department's Major Crimes Task Force and is continuing, said Sughrue. No motive has been disclosed for the shooting.
Details On The Shooting
Police say, at around 9pm on the night of Tuesday May 1st, Raleigh officers responded to a shooting call at 4401-101 Green Rd. Upon arrival, the officers located two gunshot victims inside the apartment.
Gelnirys Ortega, age 13, was declared deceased at the scene. The victim's mother, Milagros Ortega, age 32, was taken to WakeMed for treatment since she had also been shot. Police say that both Ortega and her daughter lived at the apartment.
Raleigh Police did say that they thought the main suspect or suspects knew their victims.
"While it is not possible to provide additional specifics about the homicide and shooting cases at this point, it can be said that the
investigation has established that they stemmed from circumstances that
did not involve random contacts involving strangers," said Raleigh Police spokesman Jim Sughrue on May 3rd. ::