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Arrest Made for Homicide Investigation in Wildwood

August 5, 2021

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Chief Robert Regalbuto of the Wildwood Police Department announce the arrest of Jeremias Ortiz, 37 years old of Wildwood, New Jersey.

On July 14, 2021, the Wildwood Police Department Uniformed Patrol Division responded to the 200 East block of Roberts Ave for the report of a medical emergency. Upon arrival officers discovered the unresponsive body of Jason Ruiz, 38 years old of Wildwood, New Jersey.

A joint investigation was initiated by members of the Wildwood Police Department Detective Division and the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office which ultimately led to the arrest of Jeremias Ortiz for the offenses of Murder, a crime of 1st degree; Aggravated Manslaughter, a crime of the 1st degree; Conspiracy to Commit Murder, a crime of the 1st degree; Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, a crime of the 4th degree; and Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, a crime of the 3rd degree. *

The investigation revealed that this was a targeted attack and not a random act of violence and there is no need for public alarm. Prosecutor Sutherland stated this is an ongoing investigation and anyone who has information regarding this incident is urged to contact that Wildwood Police Department at 609-522-0222 or the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-465-1135.

Prosecutor Sutherland continues to urge the citizens of Cape May County to report information regarding any criminal activity within community and that this information can be reported anonymously through the Cape May County Sheriffs Tip Line at cmcsheriff.net and click on anonymous tip or through the Cape May County Crime Stoppers at 609-889-3597.

* Any charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless he is proven guilty.