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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 12:08 p.m., Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Argument leads to arrest of suspect

By Rod Ohira
Advertiser Staff Writer

Police found a murder suspect Sunday when a patrol officer responded to an argument between a man and his daughter's homeless boyfriend at Ulehawa Beach Park between Nanakuli and Lualualei.

In a police report filed today in District Court, police officer Lance Vierra stated that Anibal Ortiz, 26, was identified by another officer as a possible suspect in the shooting death of Odin Ortiz, 37, early Saturday morning at Ala Wai Community Park.

Homicide Lt. Bill Kato said the suspect and victim are not related.

Anibal Ortiz is charged with second-degree murder. He was arraigned today before District Judge Colette Garibaldi, and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for Friday at 1:30 p.m. Ortiz is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Vierra's affidavit stating the probable cause for Ortiz's nonwarrant arrest noted that he responded to the 8:05 a.m. argument at Ulehawa Beach Park. The man doesn't approve of his daughter's relationship because Ortiz is homeless and unemployed, the report said.

While investigating the argument, Vierra learned from Officer John Dorsey that Ortiz frequents Ala Wai Community Park and he fit the description of the murder suspect. Vierra said he was told by East Honolulu District patrol Lt. Mark Ross that Ortiz had been positively identified by witnesses as the person who shot Odin Ortiz.