Who is Rafael Vazquez Polanco? Felix Verdejo's cousin's former partner arrested for threatening her online

The victim is reportedly a first cousin of the former Olympic boxer, who is facing charges over the kidnapping and murder of Keishla Rodriguez Ortiz


                            Who is Rafael Vazquez Polanco? Felix Verdejo's cousin's former partner arrested for threatening her online
Felix Verdejo Sanchez has been arrested over killing his alleged lover (Getty Images)

A man identified as Rafael Vázquez Polanco was arrested On Tuesday, May 4, 2021, for allegedly intimidating and threatening his former partner. The victim is reportedly a first cousin of former Olympic boxer Felix Verdejo, who is facing charges over the kidnapping and murder of Keishla Rodriguez Ortiz. 

According to the reports, agents from the Puerto Rico Police Bureau arrested Polanco around 7 pm for allegedly intimidating and threatening his former partner. He was reportedly arrested in the Las Margaritas residential area, in Santurce.

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Local reports reveal that Polanco was arrested for allegedly intimidating and threatening the complainant using social networking sites. Authorities did not reveal the identity of the complainant, but Metro Puerto Rico learned that she is a relative of the now arrested boxer Félix Verdejo.

Agents from the Domestic Violence Division of the San Juan CIC intervened in the case after an aunt of the victim reportedly captured the messages (allegedly filled with profanities and threats) and reported it to the authorities. Local reports say that the investigation is ongoing and that a prosecutor will be consulted for possible filing of charges.

According to the local reports, Vázquez Polanco is now incarcerated in a San Juan prison. The case will reportedly be referred to the Specialized Unit for Domestic Violence Cases of the San Juan Prosecutor's Office.

As reported earlier by MEAWW, 27-year-old Keishla Rodriguez Ortiz was reported missing on April 29, 2021. Her body was discovered floating in the San José lagoon area, according to Metro.pr. Shortly afterwards, her married boxer boyfriend turned himself in and was arrested in suspicion of the murder. 

Local reports had revealed that he was declared a person of interest by Keishla's mother Keila Ortiz Rivera. During her interview with Telemundo, Keishla's family said Felix Verdejo "was using her", according to Pinforma.

"When she told him she was pregnant, then he started threatening her. That if you are going to take them off, that you are going to have an abortion, that if I am a public figure, that if I have a family, that if the family here or there and she said, 'Don't worry, you don't have to admit it, I just want my baby,'" Ortiz Rivera reportedly alleged. 

 She called him a murderer and told reporters, "He is not the diamond. The diamond was my daughter!"

According to the local reports, pathologist Rosa Rodríguez, from the Institute of Forensic Sciences (ICF) concluded Keishla's death as a homicide. At the same time, reports said that the cause of death will not be disclosed at the moment since the investigation is still ongoing. 

According to the criminal complaint filed by the FBI, Verdejo punched Keishla, injected her with a substance, tied her up with the help of a witness who is now reportedly working with the authorities and then threw her off the Teodoro Moscoso bridge in Puerto Rico's capital of San Juan.

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