Border Patrol agent is suspected serial killer
‘Very strong evidence’ he killed four women and abducted a fifth
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.