Porto-Potty worker faced judge in Avon rape case - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Porto-Potty worker faced judge in Avon rape case

Posted: Updated:
Luis Ortiz is accused of raping a woman along this trail in Avon. (WFSB/Chicopee police photo) Luis Ortiz is accused of raping a woman along this trail in Avon. (WFSB/Chicopee police photo)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A Massachusetts man accused of dragging a woman off of an Avon trail and sexually assaulting was brought back to Connecticut to face a judge on Wednesday. 

Police extradited 29-year-old Luis Ortiz of Chicopee, MA on Tuesday. Ortiz  was working for a Porto-Potty company on June 25 when police said he attacked a jogger on the Rails-to-Trails near Scoville Road.

Court documents stated that the woman was grabbed and Ortiz stuck his hand in her pants. The woman told police that she tried hard to fight off her attacker, according to court documents. 

The victim was able to give police a description of what her attacker was wearing, which included a reflective vest. Police said the vest is commonly worn by employees of United Site Services, the Porto-Potty company. She also noticed one of the company's trucks parked near the trail. 

In a statement released on Tuesday, United Site Services said it was appalled by the act and has been assisting local authorities with their investigation.

DNA evidence from his fingernail cells linked Ortiz to the crime and was consistent with the victim's account of a struggle, according to police. That lead to a warrant being secured and his arrest. 

Ortiz was arraigned at Hartford Superior Court on Wednesday morning. His court-set bond remained at $2 million.

Ortiz was a "suspect in a 2013 investigation" in a similar sex crime involving a "4-year-old girl.” But, he was never charged because the "child’s statements lacking specificity,” according to court documents. 

Bikers on the Rails-to-Trails said they were relieved that there was an arrest in the case. 

"It could happen again, hopefully in this area it’s isolated,” bicycle rider Mark Bennett said. “I don't know history but hopefully isolated incident."

Copyright 2015 WFSB (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.