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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Puerto Rico

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 27, 2018

Individual Arrested For Carjacking Murder

SAN JUAN, P.R. – On April 26, 2018, a federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment against Jorge L. Rodríguez-Santos, a.k.a. “Macho” for carjacking resulting in death, kidnapping resulting in death, and using a firearm during a crime of violence causing murder, announced United States Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is in charge of the investigation.

Pursuant to the indictment, on or about October 10, 2015, in the District of Puerto Rico, Jorge L. Rodríguez-Santos, a.k.a. “Macho”, aiding and abetting others, while carrying a firearm, carjacked, kidnaped, and murdered María L. Mayol-Rivera in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections  2, 924(j)(1), 1201(a)(1), and 2119(3).

The defendant, along with others not included in the indictment, kidnapped Mayol-Rivera and using the vehicle she was driving, a white Mitsubishi Lancer, took her to a secluded area. There, they shot and killed Mayol-Rivera. They then burned her body and the Lancer.

“This was a senseless murder. The defendant planned and carried out the carjacking of a defenseless victim which resulted in her murder,” said US Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez. “We will continue our efforts to hold violent offenders accountable for their crimes.”

“As always, the public’s help is essential to apprehending these violent criminals, and citizens with information are asked to call the FBI San Juan Field Office at 787-754-6000, or to use the tip line available at our website, http://www.fbi.gov,” said Douglas A. Leff, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI, San Juan Field Office.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Victor O. Acevedo-Hernández. If convicted, the defendant faces up to life imprisonment. Indictments contain only charges and are not evidence of guilt. Defendants are presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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Violent Crime
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Updated April 27, 2018