Johnny Ortiz, who gained fame for his role in Ali, has been charged with attempted murder according to reports. He allegedly tried to kill a man named Brian Duke in a ‘premeditated gang hit.’
According to legal docs obtained by TMZ, Johnny Ortiz and another man, Armando Miguel Navarro, allegedly tried to kill a man named Brian Duke. This was done “for the benefit of, at the direction of, and in association with a criminal street gang with the specific intent to promote, further and assist in criminal conduct by gang members.”
TMZ further reported that Navarro was the one accused of pulling the trigger, and while it’s unclear exactly what role Johnny Ortiz played in the crime, prosecutors felt it warranted the attempted murder charge.
Reportedly, the actor was arrested in late May and is still behind bars. The judge has set his bail at a massive $1,120,000. Johnny Ortiz‘s family insists that he isn’t guilty. They are trying to raise his bail through crowdfunding. They wrote on the site, “Johnny is everything to our family. Johnny does everything to help the community and the Hispanic community especially … he is in jail fighting for his case that he is innocent on.”
Johnny Ortiz has pled not guilty and has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Monday.
Besides Ali, Ortiz has featured in Peppermint (2018) and Netflix’s El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019). He played Torres in Peppermint.