Previously Deported Illegal Immigrant Charged With Murdering Michigan Woman

An illegal immigrant who was previously deported from the U.S. was recently charged with crimes potentially bearing several life sentences involving the death of a Michigan woman.

The Midwesterner reported that 25-year-old Brandon Ortiz-Vite, who has a criminal record dating back to 2017, was arraigned on six charges which include murder, carjacking, felony firearm, illegally possessing a concealed weapon, operating while intoxicated and driving on a suspended or revoked license.


The 25-year-old illegal immigrant was recently arrested, with prosecutors connecting him to the death of a 25-year-old woman in Michigan whose body was left on U.S. 131 in Grand Rapids with several gunshots, according to the Post Millennial.

Although authorities have not identified the victim, the family of Ruby Garcia identified Ortiz-Vite on social media.

The Kent County Court reported that the illegal immigrant was previously arrested for breaking and entering in 2018 and for operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol in 2020. He was also wanted on a bench warrant in 2020 for failing to appear in court.

In July 2017, Ortiz-Vite was arrested for driving a vehicle without a license or invalid one. He later pleaded guilty and paid a $250 fine.

WOODTV indicated that in 2018, the 25-year-old illegal immigrant pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor for unlawfully entering a residence in a suburb of Wyoming. He was later sentenced to one year of probation, but failed to follow directions and was forced to serve 30 days behind bars.

The outlet added that after investigations, it became apparent that Ortiz-Vite and Garcia were involved in a romantic relationship. The longtime criminal and illegal immigrant admitted to killing the 25-year-old with a handgun he unlawfully purchased, according to court records.

“Through the investigation, it is apparent that he and the victim, Ruby, were in a romantic relationship,” Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker said.

In August 2020, Ortiz-Vite was arrested in Grand Rapids for operating a vehicle while intoxicated and causing an incident as well as property damage. He pleaded not guilty in the matter but did not appear in court following his release from jail.

The Trump administration deported Ortiz-Vite to Mexico in 2020.

Garcia’s family is raising funds for the 25-year-old’s funeral through a GoFundMe campaign.