A Sedalia man and known member of the Mexican Mafia has been arrested and charged in connection with two assaults that occurred over the last few days.
According to court documents, at 4:44 a.m. Sunday, a Sedalia Police Department officer responded to the 300 block of Scott Joplin Court in reference to a reported assault. The victim told the officer that while walking home he was approached by a male subject, later identified as Jose Antonio Ortiz, 29, of the 400 block of Albright Court. The pair had been in an argument shortly before the incident.
The victim said Ortiz then began attacking him by punching him several times, during which the victim slipped on the wet pavement and fell to the ground. Ortiz then pulled out what the victim described as a knife or machete and swung it at the victim’s leg, but missed.
During the altercation, the victim dropped his cellphone and after attempting to stab him, Ortiz allegedly picked up the phone and ran away.
According to court documents, at 1:39 a.m. Monday, SPD officers were dispatched to the 100 block of East Pettis Street for another reported assault by a suspect matching Ortiz’s description. The male teenage victim, who had red marks on his face and a small cut on his hand, told officers he had been picked up in an alley near Seventh Street and Grand Avenue and was held against his will by a Hispanic male.
The victim said he was taken to a residence in the 800 block of West Seventh Street where the suspect allegedly took the victim’s shoestrings and tied his hands behind his back, then stabbed him in the face with a large knife.
The victim said the suspect began recording him while asking him questions about stealing items from the residence’s front porch. The suspect then threatened harm to other people if the victim “told anyone about what was happening.” Afterward, the suspect took the victim in a van and dropped him off in the area where he called police.
Later that night, SPD officers located Ortiz at the residence hiding under a mattress upstairs and also found items that matched the second victim’s clothing description of the suspect. A black shoelace matching the description and a list with names, including the victim’s, was also found.
A search warrant was obtained for Ortiz’s phone, which had a video showing the victim and Ortiz’s voice is heard questioning him.
In Sunday’s incident, Ortiz has been charged with first degree robbery, first degree assault, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon and was issued a $250,000 bond, cash or surety.
In Monday’s incident, Ortiz has been charged with kidnapping, armed criminal action, second degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon and was issued a $100,000 bond, cash or surety.
An arraignment for both cases took place Tuesday and a hearing has been scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Dec. 29. Online court records list he is being represented by public defender Leslie Jo Anderson.
Court documents state Ortiz is a known member of the Mexican Mafia, according to a victim and a family member. The victim stated they were “scared of the retaliation (Ortiz) will do for calling the police.” Law enforcement officials also warned that Ortiz may post bond quickly and flee the country due to his affiliation. Ortiz also told officers Monday he was leaving the state in the next 24 hours.
Ortiz’s criminal history includes unlawful use of a weapon and motor vehicle theft.
Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1482 or @NicoleRCooke.