Sher­iff: Border Pa­trol agent sus­pected of killing 4 women

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - NEWS - By Juan A. Lozano

HOUS­TON » A U.S. Border Pa­trol agent sus­pected of killing four women was ar­rested early Satur­day af­ter a fifth woman who had been ab­ducted man­aged to es­cape from him and no­tify au­thor­i­ties, law en­force­ment of­fi­cials said, de­scrib­ing the agent as a “se­rial killer.”

Juan David Or­tiz, 35, an in­tel su­per­vi­sor for the Border Pa­trol, fled from state troop­ers and was found hid­ing in a truck in a ho­tel park­ing lot in Laredo at around 2 a.m. Satur­day, Webb County Sher­iff Martin Cuel­lar said at a news con­fer­ence in the border city about 145 miles (235 kilo­me­ters) south­west of San An­to­nio.

Cuel­lar said in­ves­ti­ga­tors have “very strong ev­i­dence” that he is re­spon­si­ble for the deaths of the four women, who are be­lieved to worked as pros­ti­tutes.

“We do con­sider this to be a se­rial killer,” said Webb County District At­tor­ney Isidro Alaniz.

In a state­ment, Andrew Mee­han, as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner for pub­lic af­fairs for U.S. Cus­toms and Border Pro­tec­tion, said his agency’s Of­fice of Pro­fes­sional Re­spon­si­bil­ity, the U.S. Border Pa­trol and the Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity Of­fice of the In­spec­tor Gen­eral are fully co­op­er­at­ing with all in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

“Our sin­cer­est con­do­lences go out to the vic­tims’ fam­ily and friends. While it is CBP pol­icy to not com­ment on the de­tails of an on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion, crim­i­nal ac­tion by our em­ploy­ees is not, and will not be tol­er­ated,” Mee­han said.

He re­ferred ques­tions about the in­ves­ti­ga­tion to au­thor­i­ties in Webb County and to the Texas Depart­ment of Pub­lic Safety, whose Texas Rangers are also in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

A Texas Depart­ment of Pub­lic Safety sergeant didn’t re­turn sev­eral mes­sages seek­ing com­ment on Satur­day.

Au­thor­i­ties didn’t im­me­di­ately dis­close the vic­tims’ names or na­tion­al­i­ties.

“The man­ner in which they were killed is sim­i­lar in all the cases from the ev­i­dence,” said Alaniz.

But both Alaniz and Cuel­lar de­clined to dis­cuss the ev­i­dence or say how the women were killed.

DANNY ZARAGOZA — THE LAREDO MORN­ING TIMES VIA AP

Law en­force­ment of­fi­cers gather near the scene where the body of a woman was found near In­ter­state 35 north of Laredo, Texas on Satur­day.

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