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Yadriel is Maria Ruiz's boyfriend. He is also the father of their daughter, Pepa. He is portrayed by Ian Paola.
Yadriel is a man of few words, but seems to genuinely love and care for both Maria and Pepa.
Physical Appearance Edit
Yadriel has a shaved head and a Teardrop Tattoo under the left eye. Both arms are covered in tattoos as well. He has a small dark mustache and is always seen in plaid clothing.
Before Maria's incarceration Edit
In flashbacks, Yadriel is first seen being chased by police and throws his drug stash into a nearby bush to avoid getting caught. Maria witnesses this from her bedroom window and decides to cover for him (her friend knows of him due to him hanging out on a corner near their school). She runs outside, grabs the stash and throws it through her open window. The cops notice her and search her, touching her inappropriately and making lewd comments as they do so. She is pleased to see Yadriel not get arrested. She travels to his boxing ring later, to return his stash. Since he does not talk, she challenges him to a fight instead. As she tries to fire him up, she accidentally punches him in the face. He's stunned at first but smiles as she apologises profusely. They stay behind after everyone has left and share a drink. Maria explains she wants to be a dental hygenist to help people smile and be confident. Yadriel finally speaks, saying he wants to own convenience stores because of the happy memories he has visiting them as a child. They kiss. At a later point, Maria argues with her father about national Dominican pride being too closely tied to drug dealing. Maria is ashamed of this but her father insists she be proud of her identity. He makes an inappropriate comment about how her sexual relationship with Yadriel is changing her and Maria snaps, saying if drug dealing is what being Dominican is about, she doesn't want it. Her father kicks her out of his house. She packs her belongings and leaves with Yadriel, who was waiting outside ("Power Suit").
Maria became pregnant with Yadriel's baby before her sentence began, forcing her to carry out her pregnancy in prison. She gave birth in a nearby hospital but was required to go back to prison almost immediately.
Yadriel is first seen in "Looks Blue, Tastes Red", visiting Maria with their daughter Pepa. During his visitations, he was very stoic and quiet, giving one-word answers or not even talking to Maria at all.
After hearing about Maria's transfer, Yadriel became even more withdrawn. Maria begged Yadriel to start talking to their daughter, saying she knows he finds it hard, but doesn't want their daughter to suffer developmental problems. When Maria's transfer is cancelled, he visits again and lovingly chatters with the baby, to Maria's delight.
In "Mother's Day", Yadriel brings Pepa to visit Maria, and the family enjoys their time together. Upon leaving, Yadriel informs Maria that he will not be returning to Litchfield with Pepa anymore. He tells her that he doesn't want Pepa to have memories of visiting her mother in prison. Maria screams and cries as they leave.
Season Four Edit
Yadriel is not seen or heard about in Season Four, despite Maria being a main character.
- The teardrop tattoo under Yadriel's left eye indicates that he murdered someone.
- One year, on Valentine's Day, Yadriel gave Maria flowers he stole from his cousin's funeral, as mentioned by her in "You Also Have a Pizza".