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Prosecutor: Bristol man's arrest linked to Hernandez

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Carlos Ortiz (right), of Bristol, was charged in Connecticut as a fugitive from justice and waived extradition to Massachusetts Carlos Ortiz (right), of Bristol, was charged in Connecticut as a fugitive from justice and waived extradition to Massachusetts
BRISTOL, CT (WFSB) -

A Bristol man was arrested in connection with the murder investigation of Aaron Hernandez, according to the New Britain State's Attorney's Office.

In the statement, New Britain State's Attorney Brian Preleski said Carlos Ortiz, of Bristol, has been charged Wednesday as a fugitive from justice, and waived extradition to Massachusetts.

"Since last week, the Bristol Police Department and the New Britain State's Attorney's Office have, at request of authorities in Massachusetts, been assisting in their investigation into the facts and circumstances surrounding the homicide of Odin Lloyd," the statement said.

Massachusetts State Police arrested the former New England Patriots player Wednesday in connection with the death of Lloyd, who was a semi-pro football player from Boston.

In court, prosecutors revealed Hernandez allegedly texted two Connecticut men to "get up here," before Lloyd was found shot to death execution style, near Hernandez's Massachusetts home.

The arrest of Ortiz came one day after the Bristol home of one of Hernandez's relatives was searched by investigators.

Channel 3 was the only station there, as investigators from both Connecticut and Massachusetts searched the Lake Avenue home. According to sources, the home is owned by Hernandez's uncle, Andres Valderrama.

Investigators spent a couple of hours going through the home and garage before leaving.

Police are investigating if Ortiz was one of those Connecticut men, who got the text.

"Both the Bristol Police Department and the New Britain State's Attorney's Office will continue to provide whatever assistance we can in connection with this investigation. As the investigation is ongoing, we can have no further comment at this time," the statement said.

Even though Eyewitness News heard rustling and saw the lights on, no one answered the door of Ortiz's Federal Street apartment.

Neighbors told Eyewitness News it's one he shared with his girlfriend and according to them, it was a relationship filled with fights.

"Verbal, that was it," said neighbor Alan Libby. "Nothing smashing or violent, nothing like that, but there were times where I was getting ready to call somebody to settle it because you don't know what it would escalate to."

While physical violence isn't in Ortiz's criminal past, however a series of misdemeanors are. Larceny was his last offense, and he received probation.

"Just a couple weeks ago, he got arrested," Libby said. "There was nothing in the paper about it, so I didn't know what it was for."

Neighbors say the last time they saw Ortiz was on Monday. Everyone wants to know if Ortiz and Hernandez knew each other, but no one can say for sure.

While detectives won't specify what his role may have been in Lloyd's murder, neighbors aren't ruling anything out.

"Everybody's capable of something," Libby said. "In the right situation, you can never tell a book by its cover."

Ortiz is being held on $1.5 million bond at Hartford Correctional Center.

Hernandez is charged with murder, and being held without bail in Massachusetts.

Clientele at Creative Cuts let out a collective groan, watching as Hernandez gets his opportunity for bail denied.

"I'm a little sad right now," said Jose Cartadena, who is Hernandez's barber. "I'm just hoping it'll all clear up."

Cartadena said since he was 13 years old, Hernandez was coming in for haircuts at Creative Cuts, and even after making it big, the local boy didn't forget his roots.

"The week before the Super Bowl, he was in here getting a cut too," Cartadena said.

Creative Cuts is not far from Hernandez's uncle's home that was searched by police Wednesday. 

"It's sad to see what he's going through in this moment, but it's also sad that someone lost their life," Cartadena said.

Cartadena said he also knows Ortiz, who was also arrested this week.

"We all grew up, some people made wrong decisions," Cartadena said. "Others took their bad decisions, and turned it around."

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