GARDEN CITY, Kan. (KSNW) – Garden City police arrested a suspect five days after the murder of El Conquistador owner Ernest Ortiz.
“We wanted to wake up from this ugly nightmare,” said Alice Ledesma, Ortiz’s friend.
Ortiz, 69, died from gunshot wounds Thursday night in the parking lot of his restaurant located at 1601 Buffalo Jones Ave.
On Monday, Garden City police arrested Marcus William Roady of Garden City in the 300 block of Hillside Ave. Roady was booked into the Finney County Jail on suspicion of first-degree murder.
“At this time an affidavit is going to be filed with the Finney County Attorney’s Office requesting the charges of murder,” said Sergeant Lana Urteaga, Garden City Police Department.
Police said this isn’t the first time they have seen Roady in jail. They say he has a long track record of around 30 to 40 disciplinary reports from several different counties and is on parole for drug and criminal damage convictions in Sedgwick and Finney counties. He was also under high supervision during his parole.
Members of the Ortiz family and some in the community are happy to see Roady off the streets.
“I’ve been angry, the whole time, because they took away someone precious from his family, from us, and this community,” said Ledesma.
“It was a relief for me,” said Ernie’s brother Paul Ortiz.
“It was a relief, but there’s still a lot of anger,” said brother Cliff Ortiz.
Ortiz brothers Paul and Cliff believe the community help is the reason an arrest was made so soon after the murder.
“He was well known,” said Cliff. “A lot of people pitched in and wanted this done, and it was done. We appreciate all the work from everybody.”
“There’s no replacing this man in this community,” Ledesma said.
Last week, police said the motive could be a possible robbery and that they are looking into many factors in this case. Their investigation is continuing.
Police said their thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Mr. Ortiz.
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