YONKERS, NY – FBI agents and Yonkers police on Thursday arrested John Tortora, Jr. (aka “Johnny T”), a member of the Genovese organized crime family, in connection with the death of Richard Ortiz in Yonkers, prosecutors say.
From in or about 1997 up to and including in or about 2018, Tortora, an associate and later a member of the Genovese Crime Family, along with other members and associates of La Cosa Nostra, committed a wide range of crimes, including murder, extortion, gambling, and narcotics trafficking. In particular, Tortora hired others to kill Richard Ortiz in order to further the goals of the Genovese Family. As a result, on November 11, 1997, Ortiz was brutally stabbed multiple times, causing his death.
The murder charges arise out of Tortora’s role in the November 11, 1997, murder of Richard Ortiz, 29, in Yonkers. Tortora was arrested this morning in Yonkers by FBI agents and Yonkers PD detectives. Tortora will be presented later today before the U.S. Magistrate Judge Gabriel W. Gorenstein at the United States Courthouse in Manhattan.
Tortora, now 61, of Yonkers, New York, is charged with conspiracy to commit racketeering, murder in aid of racketeering, and murder for hire. The statutory maximum penalty for conspiracy to commit racketeering is life in prison.
FBI Assistant Director William F. Sweeney Jr. said: “The arrest of John Tortora should remind everyone that justice delayed is not justice denied. Whether a crime was allegedly committed decades ago or just days ago, the FBI will maintain the same tenacity and we will be relentless toward ensuring those who commit violent crimes be held accountable for their actions. The FBI New York Office never does these investigations alone, and we want to thank the Yonkers Police Department for their help in successfully solving a case from more than 20 years ago.”