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For Immediate Release

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September 29, 2010 Brian L. Lucio, Public Affairs Officer (225) 620-4561
Texas Murder Suspect Arrested After 10 Years on the Run
Baton Rouge, LA – On 9/29/2010, investigators from the U.S. Marshals led Middle Louisiana Fugitive Task Force arrested Juan Reza Ortiz, 49, in Baton Rouge. Ortiz was wanted by authorities in Austin, Texas in connection with a brutal murder that occurred in August of 2000. Austin investigators allege Ortiz engaged in an altercation with a female at an Austin apartment complex. During the attack, Ortiz used a 2x6 piece of wood to beat the woman in the head and body. The victim died as a result of her injuries. Witnesses observed Ortiz flee the scene immediately after the attack and he had not been seen since.

Detectives and U.S. Marshals investigators in Austin obtained information that a woman, believed to be the wife of Ortiz, was living in the Baton Rouge area and requested assistance from the Middle Louisiana Fugitive Task Force. Investigators also identified two vehicles currently registered to the woman in Baton Rouge. According to police records, a subject identified as Jaime Dominguez was cited for traffic violations in the Baton Rouge area in 2009 while operating those vehicles. Investigators further determined that Dominguez was arrested in Iberville Parish for traffic violations, including not having a Louisiana driver’s license, in May of this year. Although Ortiz had no previous arrests and his fingerprints had never been recorded, Texas authorities obtained a thumbprint from his Texas driver’s license issued in 1998 and sent it to Baton Rouge. Task Force investigators had the thumbprint taken from Ortiz compared to the fingerprints taken from Jaime Dominguez during his arrest and confirmed that Dominguez was Juan Ortiz.

Task Force investigators determined that Ortiz was living in St. Gabriel, observed him leave his residence and arrested him in the 5300 block of Nicholson Drive while he was on his way to work. Ortiz was transported to the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison awaiting extradition back to Austin.

“Unlike a sporting event the tenacity and dogged determination of the United States Marshals Service does not end when the whistle blows. Mr. Ortiz found out today we keep playing until we prevail. Hopefully with his apprehension the victim’s family will find some long awaited peace of mind.” said U.S. Marshal Kevin Harrison.

The Middle Louisiana Fugitive Task Force, coordinated by the U.S. Marshals Service, is a multi-agency task force that targets offenders wanted for violent crimes, narcotics violations and sexual offenses in the Baton Rouge area and surrounding parishes. Partnering agencies are the Baton Rouge Police Department, East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana Office of Probation and Parole, Louisiana State Police, and the West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office. For more information about the U.S. Marshals Service, visit http://www.usmarshals.gov/district/la-m/index.html