Suspect confesses involvement in deadly robbery after evidence points his way; report says

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Inconsistent statements about a stab wound, matching a suspect’s description, and borrowing a car caught on surveillance video at a crime scene didn’t bode well for 21-year-old Ervin Ortega-Rodriguez, according to his arrest report.

Las Vegas Metropolitan police said Ortega-Rodriguez decided to confess to his involvement in a robbery that turned deadly on Jan. 26. He is one of three suspects in the case. The other suspects are 19-year-old Daniel Meza-Ortega and an unidentified 16-year-old who has been arrested but not named.

Daniel Meza-Ortega, 19, and Ervin Ortega-Rodriguez, 21, face charges of open murder and robbery. (LVMPD)

According to police documents, Ortega-Rodriguez said the robbery was pre-planned by him and three others and would involve a check cashing business. The documents stated, “The “suspects were surveilling the victims and following them after visiting a cash checking business.”

The victims were followed to a garage on Garden Lane near S. Maryland Parkway and Tropicana Avenue and that’s where the suspects approached them and robbed them at gunpoint, the report said.

Documents said Ortega-Rodriguez and Meza-Ortega ran from the scene. Surveillance video in the area captured images of one of the suspects believed to be Ortega-Rodriguez stopping at a wall and getting into a fight with the two victims. The other suspect, identified by police as Meza-Ortega shot both victims. One later died and the other suffered critical injuries.

During the physical fight, the report said surveillance video showed one of the victims making a stabbing motion at one of the suspects. Police did find a box cutter at the scene. On the same night at the deadly robbery, when Ortega-Rodriguez returned home he was bleeding so his family called police, not knowing what led to the stabbing. Police determined the wound appeared to be made by a box cutter.

Documents said police were also able to track down the suspect vehicle and learned from the owner the vehicle had been loaned to Ortega-Rodriguez at the time of the crime.

Ortega-Rodriguez is facing charges of open murder, conspiracy to commit murder with the use of a deadly weapon, robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery with the use of a deadly weapon, and battery with the use of a deadly weapon. He is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 21.

Original News Source Link – KLAS

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