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Police interviewed Ortiz the day before Hernandez was arrested

Carlos Ortiz AP

It became clear last Wednesday that prosecutors had obtained information from one or both of the men riding in the car with Aaron Hernandez and Odin Lloyd the night Lloyd was killed.

As it turns out, one of them met with police the prior day.

Carlos Ortiz, who per multiple reports was arrested on Wednesday, June 26, in Connecticut, was interviewed by police on Tuesday, June 25, according to the North Attleboro Sun Chronicle.

While the report focuses only on information from Ortiz regarding Hernandez’s visit to a Franklin, Massachusetts condo Hernandez rented and Ortiz inadvertently leaving his cell phone there, chances are that the interview swept much more broadly than that.

Last Wednesday, prosecutor Bill McCauley attributed to Hernandez during his arraignment statements Hernandez allegedly made to Lloyd in the car regarding Hernandez’s disappointment with Lloyd and Hernandez’s inability to “trust” him.  McCauley presumably felt compelled to show that specific card in order to establish some shred of motive, in the hopes of ensuring Hernandez would be held without bail.

Prosecutors likely have many other cards.  And it appears that Ortiz, who faces for now only weapons charges, is the one who was doing the dealing.

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35 Responses to “Police interviewed Ortiz the day before Hernandez was arrested”
  1. melikefootball says: Jul 3, 2013 9:16 AM

    Everyday Hernandez’s seems to be deeper and deeper into crape.

  2. bradwoj says: Jul 3, 2013 9:21 AM

    Is it wise to publicly point out a potential snitch that may have gang ties? What if he didn’t say anything to the cops, but articles like this get him killed?

  3. garyhd01 says: Jul 3, 2013 9:27 AM

    weapons charges … or murder charges, Ortiz may be dumb but not that dumb. every time he speaks his words are like coffin nails for Hernandez, Ortiz better hope they don’t end up in the same cell at any time.

  4. xinellum says: Jul 3, 2013 9:27 AM

    You guys are on top of things and I am amazed at the good articles your staff puts together in a slow period. Not this article per say, but definitely the first site I go to in the morning. One thing though, if Wednesday is the 26th then Tuesday has to be the 25th not the 24th, but a minor detail in this story.

  5. jimmyt says: Jul 3, 2013 9:28 AM

    Mr. Ortiz looks like a pleasant enough of a young fellow. You know, the type your daughter brings home.

  6. wwwmattcom says: Jul 3, 2013 9:31 AM

    Lots of hooks, lots of lines, lots of sinkers.

  7. twilson962 says: Jul 3, 2013 9:34 AM

    What did Hernandez have for breakfast? That’s news!

  8. zeedoubleyou says: Jul 3, 2013 9:40 AM

    “Carlos Ortiz, who per multiple reports was arrested on Wednesday, June 26, in Connecticut, was interviewed by police on Tuesday, June 24″

    Whoa, there was no June 25th this year?!?

  9. thesteelers says: Jul 3, 2013 9:40 AM

    Yeah, but what does Bo Fish have to say about this?

  10. paulsmith107 says: Jul 3, 2013 9:44 AM

    Dead men tell no tales Aaron you commit a crime you do that nonsense alone. If you needed help killing Lloyd then you shoulda cleaned up the loose ends and killed this guy too cause ultimately he is the reason for your downfall.

  11. touchdownroddywhite says: Jul 3, 2013 9:45 AM

    Hope they do a good job protecting him. With money like what Hernandez has available, I’m sure it makes it much easier to find and eliminate a threat

  12. mikejsmith32 says: Jul 3, 2013 9:46 AM

    If I were this dude, I’d disappear before Aaron Hernandez makes me disappear.

  13. classyjacklambert says: Jul 3, 2013 9:48 AM

    I honestly just can’t fathom how someone can be as dumb as Aaron Hernandez seems to be with all the revelations coming out about his possible past crimes. The fact that he has not been arrested previously points to the decaying state of either the intelligence or ethics of the police forces in his previous locations.

  14. osiris33 says: Jul 3, 2013 10:02 AM

    The best part about his case is I don’t have to wade thru any stories about Chris Kluwe, gay marriage or the Redskins name being racist. Thank you Aaron Hernandez!

  15. thesteelers says: Jul 3, 2013 10:04 AM

    I foresee a lot of finger-pointing in the courtroom.

  16. quickdraw85 says: Jul 3, 2013 10:05 AM

    He had better hope that Hernandez doesn’t talk to someone on the outside and give them some of his cash (before its all gone haha) to pay Mr. Ortiz a visit. Sounds like he won’t ever be free so what’s an other body added to the count?

  17. DonRSD says: Jul 3, 2013 10:19 AM

    I know its murder, but this guy is a rat.

  18. phinfan says: Jul 3, 2013 10:20 AM

    Only weapons charges? This dude ratted aaron out. He’ll be dead soon

  19. ShimSham says: Jul 3, 2013 10:21 AM

    I was hoping this was going to have something to do with Big Papi and it would turn into a giant Boston area sports conspiracy.

  20. jiggy3198 says: Jul 3, 2013 10:30 AM

    Next big headline will read “Ortiz found hanging in jail cell. Police rule it suicide.”

  21. stoytashaan says: Jul 3, 2013 10:32 AM

    Does this guy’s mom think he’s guilty?

  22. peanutele24 says: Jul 3, 2013 10:35 AM

    Well guess that’s what happens when ball players don’t cut off they so called “friends”

  23. mogogo1 says: Jul 3, 2013 10:38 AM

    What is really getting me is how stupid and brazen Hernandez appears to have been. It’ll be interesting to learn what his teammates thought of him. Even if he never hung around his teammates much, the players’ friends and family bump into each other a lot. Hard to believe nobody noticed what Hernandez’s crew was like.

  24. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Jul 3, 2013 10:44 AM

    Wow. This is like the 20th story about the Patriots this week…

    and STILL no ‘Ampats’ sighting!

    ( I hope he is okay)

  25. urmomsmyho says: Jul 3, 2013 10:44 AM

    Looks like he’s had plenty of practice “hitting trees” before his accident…

  26. fanofevilempire says: Jul 3, 2013 11:12 AM

    I wonder if Aaron Hernandez is getting acclimated to jail life because he is going
    to be in their for a while and the Sheriff
    is a serious guy.

  27. jwcarlson says: Jul 3, 2013 12:24 PM

    This sentence is a complete fail:
    “Last Wednesday, prosecutor Bill McCauley attributed to Hernandez during his arraignment statements Hernandez allegedly made to Lloyd in the car regarding Hernandez’s disappointment with Lloyd and Hernandez’s inability to “trust” him. “

  28. theuglitruth says: Jul 3, 2013 1:45 PM

    There’s still fans out there that thinks he’s innocent though! I’d like to sell those gullible few some beach front property in Arizona.

  29. j0esixpack says: Jul 3, 2013 2:12 PM

    The Latin Kings thank you for identifying their snitch.

    If Hernandez does time hopefully he’s not put in a prison where the LK gangs have any sway. Otherwise this may play out like “Goodfellas” where they’re running the place and having lobster while Paul Sorvino slices garlic with a razor blade.

  30. packerbackernj says: Jul 3, 2013 2:44 PM

    Snitches get stitches.

  31. docppo says: Jul 3, 2013 3:48 PM

    People seem to be overlooking the bigger story here: Tim Tebow is essentially ousted from the NFL, with only the Patriots giving him a chance. He’s behind Brady and Mallett, with no chance of ever starting as quarterback. Urban Meyer’s recently said that Tebow would be good at any position. So Tebow goes all Tanya Harding on Gronk’s back, and then sets up Hernandez to take the fall for the Lloyd murder – knowing that a tight end position would become available. It’s all adding up, even the bar fight in Florida – “I tried to stop it” wink-wink, nudge-nudge. Tebow’s smart, he knew what he was doing even back then. That’s right folks, we have a Tebowspiracy on our hands!!!

  32. lawyermalloy says: Jul 3, 2013 4:45 PM

    The latest report indicates Ortiz has been vital to the investigation. He took police to an apartment that Hernadez uses as a “flop house”. There they found the clothing Hernandez wore that evening. If so, it should revel gun shot residue, depending on the amount would indicate whether he was the shooter, however trace of residue at least, puts him at the scene during the murder. Hernandez is quite the idiot!

  33. jasncondit says: Jul 3, 2013 4:45 PM

    Ortiz told the police why he came forward. “It’s better to give than to recieve…especially in prison!”

    Ba da da dam *rimshot*

  34. jasncondit says: Jul 3, 2013 4:46 PM

    Also someone on the radio here in Detroit said “The only White Bronco (think OJ) seen leaving Boston was Wes Welker!” :)

  35. pinion8ted says: Jul 3, 2013 9:45 PM

    I am simply amazed at the sheer stupidity of Aaron Hernandez.

    It’s hard to believe that any pro player of his stature could be capable of murder, but this guy left an INCREDIBLE trail, with neon signs pointing right to himself.

    I almost laugh when the police accuse him of premeditated murder. If he screwed up THIS bad with a “plan”, how bad is he on the fly????

    Stupid, stupid, stupid human being.

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