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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 4, 2021

Individual Indicted For Carjacking On Marginal 181 In San Juan

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – On March 3, 2021, a federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment charging Carlos Ortiz-Santiago with an armed carjacking and with being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced W. Stephen Muldrow, United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico.  

According to the Government’s allegations, on December 2, 2020 around 11:20 AM, a woman was parking her Toyota Yaris in front of condominium Puerto Del Sol along marginal 181 in San Juan.    Carlos Ortiz-Santiago approached her, brandishing a gun, and yelled at the victim to surrender the keys and exit the car.  After the victim complied, Ortiz-Santiago drove off in the Yaris.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Luis Valentin of the Violent Crimes and National Security Section is in charge of the prosecution of the case.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation is in charge of the investigation.  If convicted, the defendant faces a sentence in excess of seven years in prison.  

An indictment contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Violent Crime
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Updated March 4, 2021