SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – A federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Ruth Cintrón Valles with a carjacking in Río Piedras, announced W. Stephen Muldrow, United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico.
According to the Government’s allegations, on August 15, 2021 around 9 PM, a man was driving a Ford E-350 truck at the intersection of Barbosa and Gándara Avenues in Río Piedras. While the car was stopped, a woman later identified as Ruth Cintrón Valles opened the driver’s door, carrying what appeared to be a firearm. The victim, fearing for his life, got out of the car. Police found the vehicle approximately 45 minutes later and arrested Ruth Cintrón Valles.
Assistant U.S. Attorney E. Giovannie Mercado of the Violent Crimes and National Security Section is in charge of the prosecution of the case. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is in charge of the investigation. If convicted, the defendant faces a sentence of up to fifteen years in prison for the carjacking.
An indictment is merely an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.