California woman indicted in Strip death

A California woman was indicted Friday after authorities accused her of using a broken bottle to kill a man who was distributing handbills on the Strip.

Desiray Ortiz, 20, of La Verne, Calif., faces one count of murder with a deadly weapon in connection with the incident.

Authorities said Martin Antonio Guadalupe, 21, of Las Vegas, was working with a group of handbill distributors in front of Hawaiian Tropic Zone when Ortiz and her friends began harassing them on the night of Oct. 18.

“No one really knows exactly how it started,” Deputy District Attorney Charles Martinovsky said.

Las Vegas police arrived shortly after midnight and found the victim lying on the ground, bleeding from stab wounds to his shoulder. He was transported to University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead around 1 a.m. on Oct. 19.

Homicide Lt. Lew Roberts said nothing suggests that the suspect and victim knew each other before the incident. He said the victim was minding his own business and trying to do his job when he was attacked.

“It’s a senseless thing,” Roberts said.

District Judge Linda Bell set bail at $150,000 for Ortiz and issued a warrant for her arrest.

Martinovsky said the defendant has no ties to the Las Vegas community. He also said she has no criminal convictions on her record.

The prosecutor said he does not know what type of material the victim was handing out before his death.

Contact reporter Carri Geer Thevenot at cgeer@reviewjournal.com or 702-380-8135.

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