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Man Wanted for Killing Raleigh Teen Arrested in New Jersey

Posted June 23, 2007 1:57 p.m. EDT
Updated June 24, 2007 8:14 a.m. EDT

— A man wanted for killing a Raleigh teenager is now in custody after authorities found him in a New Jersey motel.

Officers from the U.S. Marshals Service's NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested Rahfaan Yamar Ali, 34, at the Nirdip Motel at about 1 p.m. Thursday, according to the Marshals Service's Trenton office.

Marshals from Raleigh figured out Ali's whereabouts and contacted the Trenton office, according to Deputy U.S. Marshal Mike Schroeder.

Ali is the latest in a string of arrests related to a May 1 shooting at a Raleigh apartment complex.

Gunfire wounded Milagros Ortega when she opened the door to her apartment. Her 13-year-old daughter, Gelnirys Ortega, was fatally shot in the head.

Raleigh authorities had already charged six men in connection with the shooting, two of them as accessories after the fact.

Ali was being held at the Burlington County jail, awaiting extradition, Schroeder said.