Pa­trol boss ar­rested as se­rial killer

The Courier-Mail - - WORLD -

HOUS­TON: Texas state troop­ers have ar­rested a US bor­der pa­trol su­per­vi­sor who they say went on a two-week se­rial killing spree.

It ended when a woman es­caped at a petrol sta­tion. His alleged vic­tims were four pros­ti­tutes, one of them trans­gen­der, and only two con­firmed as US cit­i­zens.

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, a bor­der city about 235km south­west of San An­to­nio.

Webb County Sher­iff Martin Cuel­lar said in­ves­ti­ga­tors had “very strong ev­i­dence” that he was re­spon­si­ble.

“We do con­sider this to be a se­rial killer,” Webb County Dis­trict At­tor­ney Isidro Alaniz said. “Or­tiz will be charged with four counts of mur­der and one count of ag­gra­vated kid­nap­ping.” He said au­thor­i­ties be­lieve Or­tiz had killed all four women since Septem­ber 3.

“The man­ner in which they were killed is sim­i­lar in all the cases from the ev­i­dence,” Mr Alaniz said. The names of the vic­tims were not re­leased.

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