Missing pregnant woman found dead in lagoon in Puerto Rico; pro boxer charged
05/03/2021 2:18 pm PDT
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (TCD) --
Professional lightweight boxer Félix Verdejo-Sánchez has been arrested and charged in the death of a missing pregnant woman found in a lagoon over the weekend.
Keishla Rodríguez Ortiz, 27, was reported missing on Thursday, April 29, Puerto Rico Police said.
Rodríguez Ortiz’s body was found Saturday in the San Jose Lagoon. Officials identified her through dental records on Sunday, NBC News reports.
Félix Verdejo-Sánchez, also 27, who goes by Félix Verdejo, turned himself in to police in San Juan on Sunday.
According to the criminal complaint NBC News quotes, a witness told the FBI that Verdejo asked for help terminating Rodríguez Ortiz’s pregnancy. Rodríguez Ortiz had reportedly told Verdejo “she was pregnant with his child based on a pregnancy test."
Verdejo and Rodríguez Ortiz reportedly drove separately to meet the witness, where Rodríguez Ortiz got into Verdejo's car, NBC News reports.
In the car, Verdejo allegedly punched Rodríguez Ortiz, then injected her with "a syringe filled with substances," NBC News reports. The "substances" were reportedly "purchased from a drug point" at a San Juan housing project.
Verdejo and the witness then allegedly tied Rodríguez Ortiz's arms and feet with wire and tied her to a block, according to the criminal complaint.
They drove toward the Teodoro Moscoso Bridge over the San Jose Lagoon, where they allegedly threw Rodríguez Ortiz off the side of the bridge.
Verdejo then shot at Rodríguez Ortiz with a pistol from the bridge above, according to the complaint. A shell casing was later found at the scene.
Félix Verdejo-Sánchez is charged with kidnapping resulting in death; carjacking resulting in death; and intentionally killing an unborn child, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Puerto Rico announced Sunday. He appeared in court Monday morning and was ordered held without bond.
NBC News reports Verdejo is married and has a young child, and that he knew the victim from school and they kept in touch over the years, according to her family.
"He had threatened her not to have the baby, that he has his family, that he is a boxer, that he is a public figure,” Rodríguez Ortiz’s mother told El Nuevo Día.
The status of the witness was not immediately disclosed.
- Felix Verdejo-Sanchez Arrested For Kidnapping And Carjacking Resulting In Death, And Intentionally Killing An Unborn Child - U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Puerto Rico
- Puerto Rican boxer Félix Verdejo charged in killing of woman pregnant with his child, feds say - NBC News
- Puerto Rico Police Facebook
- Madre de Keishla Rodríguez: “La estoy esperando en la entrada del caserío” - El Nuevo Día
- Puerto Rican boxer held without bail after lover found dead - Miami Herald
- Boxer Charged in Killing of Pregnant Woman Found in Puerto Rican Lagoon - New York Times
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