Ex-Red Sox security agent Eddie Dominguez tells M&C Dominican police can't be trusted to reveal true story behind David Ortiz shooting

Alex Reimer
June 17, 2019 - 10:59 am
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One week later, there are still many unanswered questions pertaining to the reasoning behind the David Ortiz shooting. While Dominican police have arrested at least 10 suspects, and said several more remain on the loose, they still haven’t identified any motive for the apparent assassination attempt. Island authorities also claim the masterminds are two prison inmates, one of whom is 24 years old and has been in jail for five years. 

The New York Daily News published a lengthy story Sunday about some of the curious circumstances surrounding the shooting, titled “A drug lord, a car chase and more: New details make Big Papi shooting more complicated.” The article quotes anonymous Dominican sources who say a drug kingpin may have ordered the hit on Ortiz, which has been reported elsewhere, and also reveals Ortiz’s luxury SUV was cut off the road in a previously unreported accident that happened months ago. Former Red Sox security agent Eddie Dominguez is quoted in the piece talking about the Dominican’s lawlessness and some shady characters who were part of Ortiz’s entourage during his playing days, including a man nicknamed “Monga,” who was eventually charged with nine counts of making false claims of U.S. citizenship and deported.

In an interview Monday with “Mut & Callahan,” Dominguez expanded on his claims, saying he doesn’t think the police will ever tell the true story about the Ortiz shooting, especially if a well-connected drug kingpin is involved.

“My guess is, (the drug kingpin) is a very powerful man in the Dominican Republic –– maybe just as powerful as David, but in a different way,” Dominguez said. “Not in the fact that he’s a hero for what he’s done for baseball and the poor people in the Dominican Republic, but maybe he’s powerful in that he knows a lot of politicians, he knows a lot of law enforcement. Maybe he’s paying some law enforcement officials off. These are all rumors that have come out. They are rumors, but I’m telling you that kind of thing happens. 

“I believe there is someone powerful behind (the shooting) who isn’t behind bars. When the story first came out, they said it was an attempted robbery. The minute I saw the video, there’s no question it was a hit. It was a murder for hire. That’s the way it happened. Obviously, the guy didn’t have as good of a shot as I’m sure the guy who paid him expected him to (have), but there’s no way that was a robbery. … David is very popular in the D.R. He’s loved there, no question about that. I’m sure they’re going to try to put the best spin possible on it, but I’m not quite sure you’ll ever get the whole story from the Dominicans. I think the only way you’ll get to the bottom of this is if United States law enforcement officials get involved.”

According to the Daily Mail, Ortiz was involved in a romantic affair with a drug kingpin's girlfriend, Maria Yeribell Martinez Garcia, and that is why he was targeted last week. Receipts show Ortiz bought Garcia an $85,000 Lexus SUV one day before the attack. She was also videotaped getting into an altercation with members of Ortiz's entourage in the hospital waiting room. 

Dominguez, who authored a book last year about his time as an MLB security official titled “Baseball Cop,” says he thinks Ortiz has difficulty parting ways with shady characters from his past. Those connections could’ve put Ortiz in danger the night of the shooting. 

“We’re all human beings. What you see in David’s world as a baseball player, we’re not all perfect. Everybody has issues,” he explained. “One of the issues that David has is he can’t let go of the people who he grew up with. We used to give presentations at Spring Training to the players. One of the last ones I gave was concerning exactly that. At the time, Aaron Hernandez had been indicted on one homicide, and I had information from the Boston Police that he was going to be indicted on two more. I remember David standing there and looking at me, as were the rest of the players. I said, ‘I understand, they’re your friends. They believe in loyalty. I get that.’ But when you’re hanging around the people like Aaron Hernandez was hanging around in Connecticut, sometimes you just have to push away. That’s tough for David to do.”

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