Wanted Man in Yakima Arrested In Blaine Washington
A 36-year-old man wanted on four counts of of Rape of a Child First Degree, two counts of Child Molestation, and one count of Assault of a Child in the 3rd Degree is now in custody after being arrested this week. The U.S. Marshals Service Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force arrested 36-year-old Justin Ortega this week. It's unknown if he's been transferred back to Yakima.
According to a news release on October 10 Ortega is alleged by law enforcement to have brutally assaulted and raped two young girls. On October 29, 2019, the task force received information from Washington’s Most Wanted viewers that ORTEGA was traveling back and forth between Bellingham and Blaine Washington. Ortega was eventually arrested at a home in Blaine Washington. The press release adds;
"Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal Raymond Fleck, Yakima, attributed the successful capture of Ortega to the public and private sector partnerships reinforced over this summer during Operation Invictus Civitas, Undefeatable Community, “I am incredibly proud of the work our men and women did over the past three weeks to pursue and capture ORTEGA, and the willingness of citizen’s across Washington to provide critical information that led to his capture. Their efforts, along with the faith the Yakima Police Department, Yakima County Sheriff’s Office and Washington State Department of Corrections has placed in the PNVOTF by detailing full-time detectives and officers as force-multipliers, ensures that violent offenders like Ortega will be brought to justice.”
Chief Matthew Murray of the Yakima Police Department stated, “One of the most critical components to reducing violent crime is arresting violent fugitives. The Yakima Police Department is a proud partner of the U.S. Marshal’s Violent Offender Task Force. This arrest highlights the need to continue our collaborative efforts.”