She was punched in the face, injected with a syringe and thrown from a bridge.
A Puerto Rican boxer was arrested for allegedly killing a woman who said she was pregnant with her child, according to court documents.
Félix Verdejo Sánchez – who competed in the 2012 Olympics – was arrested on Sunday and charged with kidnapping resulting in death, car theft resulting in the death and intentional killing of an unborn child, according to the Justice Department.
After Keishla Rodríguez Ortiz, 27, told Verdejo that she was pregnant with her child, Verdejo reportedly contacted a man – referred to as “a witness” in the indictment documents – and asked for his help in terminating the pregnancy, the probable cause said.
Verdejo contacted Rodríguez Ortiz on Thursday and planned a meeting, the documents say.
After Rodríguez Ortiz got into Verdejo’s car, where the witness was also present, Verdejo reportedly punched her in the face, the documents said, citing statements by the witness.
Rodríguez Ortiz was also “injected with a syringe full of substances purchased at a drug station,” said the statement.
Verdejo and the witness allegedly held her arms and feet with wire and tied a pad to her, the documents say.
The witness allegedly took the keys from Rodríguez Ortiz and got into his car, and Verdejo and the witness then allegedly drove the two cars to the Teodoro Moscoso Bridge, which crosses the San José Lagoon, the documents say.
Rodríguez Ortiz’s body was removed from the car and thrown off the bridge and into the water, the probable cause testified.
Then “Verdejo shot the victim with a pistol from the bridge,” the documents say. A capsule was found on the bridge, according to the statement of probable cause.
Rodríguez Ortiz – who recently told his family he was pregnant – was reported missing on Thursday, according to documents.
Rodríguez Ortiz’s car was abandoned and recovered by police on Friday, according to documents. His body was recovered at Lagoon San Jose on Saturday.
Verdejo’s defense lawyer declined to comment on ABC News on Monday.
“I commend our partners in the FBI, the Puerto Rico Police Department and the Puerto Rico Department of Justice for their dedicated and tireless efforts that led to the defendant’s prosecution and arrest,” said the United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico, W. Stephen Muldrow, said in a statement. “We will continue to work to end gender violence and offer our deepest condolences to the victim’s family.”
Cellular data showed that Rodríguez Ortiz’s phone and Verdejo’s phone were close to each other in several places, including near the bridge, according to the testimony of the probable cause.
Surveillance video showed an SUV, which looked like Verdejo, parking on the Teodoro Moscoso Bridge emergency lane on Thursday morning, according to the testimony of the probable cause. “There is visible movement of at least one individual on the side of the vehicle”, states the document. “The video then shows the SUV leaving the site and returning to a nearby point on the bridge on at least two additional occasions.”
The alleged crime comes amid an increase in gender-based murders in Puerto Rico.
In January, the governor of Puerto Rico, Pedro Pierluisi, declared a state of emergency for gender-based violence and signed an executive order that would allocate resources to deal with gender-based violence on the island.
Pierluisi said at a news conference on Monday: “The system has failed and we want to find a way to prevent this behavior from happening again.”
“They did not protect this victim and we must find a way to always rely on victims in cases of this nature,” he said.