Police arrested James A. Ortega, 23, Sunday, after officers located him in the 300 block of North Virginia Avenue hanging on to a 15-year-old youth. According to Roswell Police Department release, officers responded to a commercial alarm at Bullock’s Jewelry, 215 N. Main St. When the officials arrived, they found the glass door had been smashed with a rock.
As patrol searched the area, they found Ortega. The 15-year-old told officers that Ortega approached as the teen returned to the Liberty from his vehicle. Ortega said he had a gun and demanded the youth’s wallet. After robbing the teenager, Ortega fled on foot, smacked into a pole, and subsequently fell. When he got to his feet, he grabbed the youth by the neck.
A search revealed items in Ortega’s possession that potentially link him to three vehicle burglaries that occurred in the Liberty parking lot. He is now charged with kidnapping, robbery, intimidation of a witness, and vehicle burglary.
He is considered a person of interest in the criminal damage case at Bullock’s Jewelry. Replacement and repair costs for the shattered glass door were estimated between $700 to $1,000 in damages.
No one was injured during the incident.