Man jailed in case of mistaken identity paid $70K by county

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Posted: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 6:00 pm | Updated: 8:39 pm, Tue Apr 2, 2013.

A Rio Rancho man arrested in 2009 and jailed for four days in a case of mistaken identity has been paid $70,000 by Santa Fe County after his lawsuit was settled in February.

A Rio Rancho police officer who pulled over Anthony Ortiz, 39, for a speeding violation in Rio Rancho in June 2009 arrested him on a domestic violence warrant issued by Santa Fe County Magistrate Court. The problem: Ortiz had been mistaken for another Anthony Ortiz, who was legitimately wanted on the charge, stemming from a 1996 incident.

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  • doublebubble posted at 1:48 am on Thu, Apr 4, 2013.

    doublebubble Posts: 16

    I once heard of a guy form mexico who stole a wallet and used the ID- he ended up in jail becasue the owner had a warrent-took a over a week to figure it out- Poetic Justice! [beam]

  • doublebubble posted at 1:43 am on Thu, Apr 4, 2013.

    doublebubble Posts: 16

    There are too many "common names" in New Mexico that is way they have to have the proper info- mean really how hard is that- people move- so common sense would be to only use the DOB and SS#- Duh!! they can also get a photo form SFC jail booking- have it sent to the office prior to arrest- I think it is just laziness really....
    two things I fear- 1) standing before and angry God - 2) getting cught up in the judicial system- but at least when we stand before and angry God there is mercy! Lord help you if you get traped in the system......

  • doublebubble posted at 1:38 am on Thu, Apr 4, 2013.

    doublebubble Posts: 16

    Because Santa Fe County was the agency that entered the incorrect information, they are the ones primarily responsible for the problem,anotherwords SFC was the one who messed up so they have to pay a higher price- I have to agree with that.

  • doublebubble posted at 1:36 am on Thu, Apr 4, 2013.

    doublebubble Posts: 16

    OUCH!!!! good point though-

  • Mark Ordonez posted at 10:37 am on Wed, Apr 3, 2013.

    marcoordonez Posts: 657

    Rio Rancho Officer Robert Rosales arrested him for Domestic Violence. Hmmm, I wonder what happened to the charges against this same Officer for aggravated assault on a household member, false imprisonment, tampering with evidence and negligent use of a deadly weapon.

  • Joe Montoya posted at 9:39 am on Wed, Apr 3, 2013.

    Joe_Montoya Posts: 77

    Hope the agencies involved in this matter learn their lesson and use more professionalism in future cases in this and other matters!

  • Paul White posted at 9:33 am on Wed, Apr 3, 2013.

    Pabloblanco Posts: 45

    I don't understand why there was such a big difference in the amounts paid by the different jurisdictions. Rio Rancho where he was arrested only paid out $3,500?

  • Ski505 posted at 7:50 pm on Tue, Apr 2, 2013.

    Ski505 Posts: 5

    I'm not a cop but Anthony Ortiz is a very common name in NM..What happened to police 101 and checking the birthdate on his license. This guy (victim) should have received way more money. And for the officials involved?? I bet nobody was fired or disciplined to show that this professional level of competence is not acceptable.

  • Randal Doering posted at 6:36 pm on Tue, Apr 2, 2013.

    Neodoering Posts: 47

    D'oh! Guess the arresting officer really, really wanted to bag himself an Anthony Ortiz. Well, this big one that got away will end up costing you about $70 big ones...


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