The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office captured the 24-year-old Friday in suburban West Palm Beach and booked him on a capital murder charge.

WEST PALM BEACH — A 24-year-old man accused of fatally stabbing his employer is in the Palm Beach County Jail, awaiting transfer to west Texas on a murder charge that could bring the death penalty, authorities said.


Jeferson Alberto Reyes Ortiz was booked Friday evening on the capital murder warrant.


The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday that on April 30, working with the Texas Rangers law-enforcement agency, PBSO found Reyes Ortiz at a home near Belvedere Road and Military Trail in suburban West Palm Beach and booked the Honduran national for the death of his employer in Ozona, Texas, about 230 miles west of Austin.


PBSO did not say why he might have been in Palm Beach County.


In Ozona’s Crockett County, population about 3,500, the sheriffs office, prosecutor and court refused Monday to tell The Palm Beach Post any details about the crime for which Reyes Ortiz is charged, saying the investigation is open.


The Texas Department of Public Safety identified the victim as Romeo E. Perez, 36, but also would not provide additional information.


According to his obituary, Perez, known as "Scooby," died April 25. It said he operated a remodeling company and was a father of two.


Unless Reyes Ortiz waives his right to fight extradition, a Palm Beach County Circuit judge would decide whether to order his removal to Texas.


Palm Beach County court records show no previous arrests for Reyes Ortiz.


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