Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

US Border Patrol agent arrested in 4 deaths, described as ‘serial killer’

US Border Patrol agent arrested in 4 deaths, described as ‘serial killer’

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

Authorities in Texas said Saturday that a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent has been arrested on suspicion of killing four women and abducting a fifth.

Cuellar said Ortiz fled from state troopers and was found hiding in a hotel parking lot in Laredo at around 2 a.m. Saturday.

Webb County District Attorney Isidro Alaniz said a woman he attempted kidnap escaped and alerted authorities. A second victim, Claudine Anne Luera, was found alive but died at the hospital.

A US Border Patrol agent in Texas described by authorities as a "serial killer" has been arrested for the murders four prostitutes and the abduction of a fifth, who managed to escape him and notify authorities.

Investigators are still trying to determine a motive for the killings.

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Sheriff Cuellar told reporters that Agent Ortiz is a 10-year veteran supervisor of the Border Patrol.

"We have very strong evidence that he is the person who has been killing", Sheriff Cuellar said at a press conference posted on CNN affiliate KGNS's Facebook page.

According to the District Attorney all of the women were prostitutes who were allegedly picked up by Ortiz.

"I extend my condolences to the families of the victims during this hard time".

While it was not agency policy to comment on the details of an ongoing investigation, Meehan said, criminal conduct by CBP employees is not and will not be tolerated. They also said Ortiz is believed to have been working alone. But the spokesperson referred all other questions to authorities in Webb County and the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Alaniz said officials will be looking at "potentially four charges of murder and aggravated kidnapping".

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