Jose Ortega de la Mora- Washington- 2014 Oct 26, 2014 8:23:46 GMT -5
Post by Scumhunter on Oct 26, 2014 8:23:46 GMT -5
ABOVE: From Washington's Most Wanted, Jesus Chavez-Carillo (left- CAPTURED), Jose Ortega de la Mora (right- STILL AT LARGE)
Admin Note #1: Jesus Chavez-Carrillo has now been captured but Jose Ortega de la Mora is still at large. Based on past online articles, our advice for anyone with information on de la Mora's whereabouts would be to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS
Police are searching for two young men suspected of killing one man in Seattle’s Pioneer Square before opening fire at Union Station with an assault rifle.
King County prosecutors claim Jesus Chavez-Carrillo and Jose Ortega De La Mora killed Mykola Shevchuk with a single gunshot to the head late on June 22. Chavez and Ortega also are alleged to have fired an AK-47-style rifle from the plaza of Union Station.
“It was extremely fortunate … that the defendants’ barrage of 25 shots from their assault rifle did not kill or injure anyone,” Senior Deputy Prosecutor Don Raz said in charging papers.
Now charged with second-degree murder in Shevchuk’s death and assault in the second shooting, the men, both 20-year-old Auburn residents, have eluded police for nearly two months. According to court papers, Ortega and Chavez fled the area following the shooting.
Shevchuk’s last hours that Sunday afternoon began with a trip to Alki Beach in a friend’s BMW. After night fell, he and three friends were headed to a Pioneer Square dance club when they ran into trouble.
Outside the club, Shevchuk and his friends had an odd encounter with a man who accused them of staring at a red Honda Civic. They broke away from the confrontation, stopping at a convenience store before heading for home.
The BMW driver would later tell police they found themselves being followed closely by the red Civic. No comprehensible motive has been offered for the pursuit or the shooting that followed.
The Honda driver flashed the car’s headlights at them. The BMW driver pulled to the curb just south of South Royal Brougham Street on Fourth Avenue South; the car was stopped there when the Civic came alongside.
A passenger in the Civic then fired a 9 mm pistol into the BMW’s open window. Shevchuk, 26, was shot in the head, a fatal wound.
Bleeding from a grazing wound to the neck, the BMW driver sped away from the shooting scene, stopping at the Union Station transit center located in the International District just south of Pioneer Square.
Moments later, though, the Civic reappeared. This time, one of the occupants, armed with a semi-automatic AK-47 rifle, opened fire on the BMW, spraying the area with 7.62 mm bullets.
With Shevchuk mortally wounded in the front passenger seat, the BMW driver sped south to a Georgetown Jack-in-the-Box restaurant. When police arrived, Shevchuk was dead in the front seat of the BMW, surrounded by three friends.
Investigators caught a break two weeks after the shooting, when Ortega was stopped at the Canadian border attempting to leave the United States with his girlfriend.
Arriving at the border at 2 a.m., Ortega was questioned and searched by Canadian border patrol officers. According to charging papers, a border officer found text messages on Ortega’s phone implicating him in Shevchuk’s death.
The Canadian officer delivered Ortega and his cell phone to a U.S. Border Patrol agent, who then questioned Ortega about the suspicious text messages he and Chavez exchanged.
“When asked about the texts with Chavez, Ortega said Chavez had told him that Chavez had gotten into an argument with a couple of guys at a night club,” Detective Dana Duffy said in charging papers.
“Ortega said Chavez stated that the guys in the other car open(ed) fire on him first while stopped at a red light and Chavez returned fire,” the Seattle homicide detective continued.
The Border Patrol then released Ortega with instructions that he contact the Seattle Police Department homicide unit the following day. He did so, arriving at police headquarters for an interview July 8.
Describing Chavez as a classmate, Ortega claimed Chavez described the shootings to him but became “anxious and pale” as the interview went on, Duffy said in court papers. Ortega denied any involvement in the shooting, and told police Chavez had fled the state.
Investigators learned Chavez owned a red Civic similar to the one described by the shooting survivors. They then searched Ortega’s phone.
Two days after the shooting, Chavez sent Ortega links to media reports on Shevchuk’s killing, according to charging papers. Chavez then asked Ortega, “Did you see it?”
“Yeah I seen it,” Ortega responded, according to charging papers. “But if they had seen anything or had any information they would of done something already.”
“They seen us,” Chavez is alleged to have replied. “They could recognize us and they seen the car, they could easily give out the info if they haven’t already.”
Chavez went on to describe the shooting as “really sloopy” – sloppy – “how we did it,” according to charging papers. Police contend Ortega went on to reassure Chavez that police didn’t know his height or weight, and suggested he “keep it koo.”
In the weeks after the shooting, the survivors were unable to confidently pick out either man when presented with photo montages.
Police attempted to speak with both men in late July, but neither could be found. Chavez is believed to have fled to California.
Prosecutors charged both men in late August. Seattlepi.com declined to publicize the charges at the time because investigators credibly claimed publicity might impede their efforts to apprehend Chavez and Ortega.
Both men have been charged with second-degree murder and two counts of first-degree assault.
Thoughts? I know we've dealt with some tragic and horrible cases from Washington state this year, but I don't think it's because they have particularly worse problems with crime than other states, but rather thanks to David Rose and Washington's Most Wanted, they do a much better job at alerting the public to their tragic and horrible cases. It makes me wonder what we would see and how many other victims would get justice if other states had such a program. (Even AMW couldn't air every case when it was in production).
But this one is particularly senseless, apparently there is no known motive other than Chavez and Ortega thought Mykola and his friends were staring at either them or their car. So in essence, 25 bullets were fired in public that could have hit many other bystanders because Chavez and Ortega allegedly thought someone was looking at them or their car. It's ridiculous how many murders happen over a guy thinking someone is staring at them. I don't know if these guys are paranoid or are trying to be macho or what but it has to stop. And nine-times out of ten, I bet the victims probably weren't even looking at their killer who was likely just in their line of vision. Which makes these crimes even more tragic.
One tried to flee to Canada initially, so we can't assume the two fled to Mexico although that's also a possibility in my opinion. But if anyone knows where either of these two suspects are, you've got to do the right thing and call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
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