Oliver Mirabal is accused of being the second suspect under arrest in the ambush-style-shooting of baseball great David Ortiz. His full name is Oliver Moisés Mirabal Acosta.
Word of a second suspect comes as the National Police in the Dominican Republic continue to unravel exactly what led a gunman to leap off a motorcycle and pump a bullet into the former Boston Red Sox slugger’s bat. A press conference is expected on June 12 that might offer some clarity into the tangled sequence of events.
Previously National Police named Eddy Feliz Garcia as one of two suspects in the shooting of David Ortiz. However, Garcia was not accused of being the shooter; it’s not yet clear whether police think Oliver Mirabal played that role. Indeed, a leading Dominican newspaper is reporting that five suspects were arrested.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Oliver Mirabal Was Previously Involved in a Firearms Case Tied to a Drug Lord, Reports Say
Dominican Police scheduled to address the media today after reports of additional arrests in the shooting of David Ortiz, including a man identified by local media as Oliver Mirabal, The first man arrested, identified as Eddy Vladimir Feliz Garcia, was the motorcycle driver.
— Marly Rivera (@MarlyRiveraESPN) June 12, 2019
Listin Diario newspaper in the Dominican Republic has published a story that outlines Oliver Mirabal’s alleged ties to a drug trafficker and firearms case.
According to the newspaper, Oliver Moisés Mirabal Acosta was previously sentenced to five years in prison for illegal possession of firearms, a sentence handed down in 2017. It appears that the sentence was suspended, however.
He was accused of “having participated in the execution of at least four people in the province of Santo Domingo,” in a case “linked to the band of drug trafficker Junior Minaya Javier “Gilbert”, in Herrera, in Santo Domingo Oeste,” the newspaper reported.
The executions occurred in 2013 “at a drug spot in the town of Las Palmas de Herrera, in a place known as ‘El Pentagono,’” the newspaper reported.
Diario Libre reported of Mirabal: “Authorities have not offered details of what was his role in the crime. The only thing is that he has assured that he was not the one who fired.”
2. The Other Suspect, Garcia, Is Accused of Being the Driver of the Motorcycle
Getty/TwitterEddy Feliz Garcia.
El Dia reported that, according …read more