DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Nearly two months after the June shooting death of a Subway restaurant worker, Dallas Police arrested two of the men who investigators said are responsible.
The third suspect, who acted as a lookout, remains at-large.
In June, Leonard Ortega and another employee were closing the Subway store, located at 655 West Illinois Street, in the Wynnewood Shopping Center, when two masked men walked into the store demanding cash. According to police, the men cleaned out the register and one of robbers got into a struggle with Ortega before fatally shooting him.
Police said that they received an anonymous Crime Stoppers tip identifying 35-year-old Christopher Miller as one of the suspects. When they questioned him, according to police records, Miller confessed to planning and participating in the robbery and murder.
Miller then identified 37-year-old Anderson Jones as the person who shot and killed Ortega. Both are now charged with capital murder.
Ortega was a long-time employee of Subway. Family members said that he had never been robbed before while at work and described him as a a talented artist and writer who was happy with his job making sandwiches.
“I don’t understand why someone so harmless and thoughtful and passionate person — his life is gone because somebody wanted some money,” stated sister Vanessa Ortega. “Money should never ever come between somebody’s life, especially when they have families.”
On Sunday, Ortega’s co-workers at Subway said that it has been hard, even “scary” coming to work the past two months knowing that the suspects had not been caught. “It was not easy,” said Yesenia Beas, “but it was easier today.”
Beas said that she just hopes police now catch the third and final suspect.