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Suspects in shooting of David ‘Big Papi’ Ortiz also linked to Jersey armed robberies, failed Pennsylvania murder plot

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 6/13/2019 Thomas Tracy
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The botched Dominican Republic hit attempt on Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz likely involved a pair of suspects already wanted for violent crimes in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Alleged Ortiz gunman Rolfy (Sandy) Ferrerya, 25, appears to be the same individual sought by cops for “multiple armed robberies in our jurisdiction” back in 2017, said Clifton, N.J., police Lt. Robert Bracken. But positive identification was pending receipt of “the pedigree from the individual in the Dominican Republic,” the lieutenant added.

According to NorthJersey.com, a Paterson, N.J., man with that name robbed two victims at gunpoint on the neighboring city’s streets back on Dec. 22, 2017.

Fugitive Big Papi plotter Luis Alfredo Rivas Clase, known as "The Surgeon,” is reportedly wanted for an April 2018 homicide conspiracy in Reading, Pa. He’s now on the run from law enforcement in both the Keystone State and the Dominican Republic.

Clase was charged with conspiracy to commit homicide after last year’s Pennsylvania shooting, where the victim took a bullet in the lower back but survived — a scenario similar to the murder try on Ortiz.

The future Hall of Famer was shot from behind as he hung out with friends in a Santo Domingo cafe last Sunday night.

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“David remains in guarded condition in the surgical intensive care unit,” said a Thursday statement from his wife Tiffany Ortiz. “He continues to heal and make progress.”

She also gave a public shoutout to Papi’s pal Eliezer Salvador, who loaded the wounded Ortiz into his $400,000 Rolls-Royce and rushed the gunshot victim to a nearby hospital.

“Your heroism and selflessness were the first steps to ensuring David could get the urgent care he required,” said Tiffany Ortiz. “For that, we are eternally grateful.”

Clase allegedly threatened last year to kill the intended Pennsylvania victim a few days prior to the shooting, according to WCAU-TV. The 31-year-old Reading, Pa., man allegedly conspired with another suspect in the murder try.

Reading police did not return a Thursday call about the year-old case involving Clase.

Dominican officials announced Wednesday that seven plotters allegedly participated in the attempted murder of Ortiz, 43, who was still recovering Thursday in Massachusetts General Hospital. According to cops, the mastermind of the bungled killing was paid a mere $7,800 to arranged the execution of the 10-time All-Star and Boston fan favorite.

In addition to Clase, three other suspects are still sought by Dominican authorities. Witnesses said the shooting at the Dial Bar & Lounge was carried out by two men on a motorcycle, assisted by two other groups of people in cars.

Those in custody “are being interrogated and we will continue deepening the investigation to get to the truth about what happened,” promised Chief Prosecutor Jean Alain Rodriguez. “Nobody involved in this unfortunate episode will escape justice, neither those who carried it out nor the mastermind."

Ortiz underwent six hours of surgery for his injuries at a Dominican hospital, and was taken in for a second operation in Boston after he was flown back on Monday night.

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