Angry mob beats man to death after pregnant woman says he hit her

Newly released arrest reports show that a group of vigilantes took it upon themselves to chase and beat a Utah man to death behind a grocery store Tuesday.

The victim’s pregnant girlfriend reportedly told the mob that 41-year-old Fred Valdamar Ortiz had allegedly recently beaten her. The group leaped to action, taking it upon themselves to deliver justice when they saw Ortiz drive by the house on a scooter after learning that he allegedly gave his pregnant girlfriend a black eye, Fox 13 reported.

The woman, a dog breeder, had had the group at the house because they were reportedly interested in looking at her available puppies. 

Ortiz ran from the group of about six people, but when they eventually caught up to him, one of the suspects, 19-year-old Osyeanna Martinez allegedly hit Ortiz with her Volkswagen Beetle behind the local Smith’s grocery store in Magna, according to Fox 13. 

Despite being struck by the car, Ortiz got up and tried to defend himself. One member of the mob told police that they asked one of the others, a woman, to stop the beating, but she refused.

Surveillance video obtained by the police shows Martinez throwing two boards at Ortiz’s back and head. After striking him, the video shows Martinez punching and kicking Ortiz. Another member of the group, identified as Xandre Sky Hill, 18, was allegedly seen beating Ortiz with a pole in the video. 

Besides Martinez and Hill, the others accused in the incident were identified in a Unified Police report using only their initials. The suspects ranged in age from 13 to their early twenties, according to KUTV.

The police, who obtained the video from a nearby restaurant’s surveillance camera, cited the evidence in their official report: 

“In the video, detectives observed at 1:36 p.m., [Ortiz] running and [Martinez] chasing him. Martinez throws two boards at [Ortiz’s] back/head and as he gets to the sidewalk near 8000 West 3567 South, Martinez grabs him and was punching and kicking him,” the detective wrote in the report.”

A family member of Ortiz told police that the domestic violence incident in question happened two days earlier, but that the family was scared to speak up because “[Ortiz] is on parole and his probation officer will not do anything to lock him up,” the police report noted according to KUTV.

While five of the perpetrators are believed to be involved in Ortiz’s death, so far just Martinez and Hill are being held in the Salt Lake County Jail on murder charges without bail, according to Fox 13.

Social media users took to Twitter to react to the disturbing news:

 

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