The Berks County Sheriff's Office confirmed to ABC News on Thursday that they have been looking for Rivas-Clase since April 2018, when he was identified as a suspect involved in the shooting of a man in Reading. That victim, like Ortiz, survived a bullet wound to the back. His postseason heroics helped Boston capture its first World Series title in 86 years in 2004, when he was the Most Valuable Player of the American League Championship Series as the Red Sox overcame a 3-0 series deficit to the New York Yankees in seven games.
Ortiz was shot outside a club in Santo Domingo on Sunday and continues to recover at Massachusetts General Hospital following a second surgery, according to a statement released Thursday by the Red Sox on behalf of his wife.
Police have described the shooting as an attempted contract killing but haven't disclosed who ordered the hit, or why. Rivas-Clase is the only suspect that has yet to be apprehended.
TMZ Sports reported Friday that 25-year-old Rolfi Ferreira Cruz told reporters who had crowded outside the jail in the Dominican Republic that Ortiz was not the target.
In early 2018, Clifton police were looking for a suspect identified as Rolfi Ferreira-Cruz of Reading, PA, in connection with two separate armed street robberies that took place on December 22, 2017, according to Valdes.
Another day, another interesting twist to the David Ortiz shooting case.
Police in the Dominican Republic have detained six people in connection with the incident.
The alleged gunman and another suspect approached the Santo Domingo bar where the shooting occurred on a motorcycle, officials say, and were seen on security camera footage chatting with the others in cars before the attack. Ortiz was immediately taken to the hospital where he underwent surgery which saw parts of his organs removed.
He is accused of driving a vehicle used to stalk Ortiz before two other young men on a motorcycle shot the slugger in the back.
One of the suspects being sought in the shooting of former Red Sox superstar David Ortiz is believed to be the same man who's wanted by Pennsylvania authorities on a charge of attempted homicide. "David will continue to recover in the ICU and future updates on his condition will be provided when necessary".