18-year-old Man Accused of Kidnapping, Killing and Dumping Body in Arizona Desert

Quick detective work has led to the arrest of kidnapping and killing of a man in North Phoenix.

The suspect, Jerssen Perez, an 18-year-old man has been arrested of kidnapping a man at gunpoint, murder and dumping the victim’s body in the desert.

According to Sgt. Andy Williams with Phoenix Police department, police were called to a home near 7th Avenue and Union Hills Drive for reports of a kidnapping at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, October 6th.

The victim, identified as 19-year-old Oscar Ortego, was reported by his family to have been kidnapped. Police learned Ortega left his girlfriend’s house at around 2 a.m., was kidnapped at gunpoint, and forced into a vehicle.

According to Phoenix police, the suspect was identified as 18-year-old Jerssen Perez and reports detail that he allegedly shot Ortega inside the vehicle. Perez then disposed of the body in an open desert area.

Authorities said that officers were able to arrest Perez near the scene of the kidnapping at about 3 p.m. that day. He admitted his involvement in the kidnapping and shooting of Oscar Ortego.

Perez has been booked into jail on first degree murder, kidnapping and other charges.

A motive for the killing has not yet been determined.


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