Border Pa­trol agent is sus­pected se­rial killer

‘Very strong ev­i­dence’ he killed four women and ab­ducted a fifth

The Dallas Morning News - - Front Page -

A U.S. Border Pa­trol agent sus­pected of killing four women is ar­rested in Laredo af­ter a woman es­capes from him and no­ti­fies au­thor­i­ties.

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

Juan David Or­tiz, 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 south­west of San An­to­nio.

"The county, the city can rest as­sured we have the se­rial killer in cus­tody," Cuel­lar said, ac­cord­ing to the Laredo Morn­ing Times.

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.

Au­thor­i­ties were led to Or­tiz af­ter a woman who ac­cused him of try­ing to kid­nap her es­caped from him, Alaniz said.

He's sus­pected of killing four women and ab­duct­ing a fifth. Two of the vic­tims were found ear­lier this month along In­ter­state 35 in ru­ral north­west Webb County, the Morn­ing Times re­ports.

The third and fourth were found this week­end in the same area.

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.

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.

Cuel­lar said in­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve Or­tiz acted alone.

Alaniz said his of­fice plans to charge Or­tiz with four counts of mur­der and one count of ag­gra­vated kid­nap­ping.

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