Published: Wed, September 19, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Border Patrol Supervisor Arrested In Texas, Held In 'Serial Killing Spree'

Border Patrol Supervisor Arrested In Texas, Held In 'Serial Killing Spree'

"We have probable cause to believe that he is responsible for this series of murders, which I would qualify as a serial murder", District Attorney Isidro Alaniz told reporters.

That woman's body was located near Interstate 35, north of Laredo.

Authorities didn't disclose the victims' names or nationalities but said they may have been prostitutes.

Alaniz lauded the woman who escaped and said perhaps Ortiz would have killed more people had she not demonstrated such bravery.

The bodies of four victims had been learned all the most effective seemingly method by the final two weeks, sheriff's spokesman Eduardo Chapa told CNN.

Authorities in Texas say a U.S. Border Patrol agent fatally shot four female sex workers in the head.

Ortiz, Cuellar stated, spent 10 years as an agent with the US Border Patrol. On Thursday, Claudine Anne Luera, 42, was found in an area close to where Ramirez's body was discovered.

Juan David Ortiz of Laredo is being held Sunday on four murder counts, plus aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and unlawful restraint.

The third and fourth were found in the same area this weekend. An affidavit originally described the victims as three women and one man but the sheriff's office later said that the victim identified as male was a transgender woman. When she tried to get out of the pickup, Ortiz grabbed her shirt - but Pena was able to pull it off and run away, fleeing toward a state trooper who was refueling his patrol vehicle, according to the affidavit.

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If not for the would-be victim's quick thinking, a supervisory Border Patrol agent accused in a string of killings in and around the south Texas border town of Laredo might still be on the loose.

Ortiz, 35, confessed to the two September murders, according to the document.

The Texas Rangers and the Webb County Sheriff's Office are investigating the murders, authorities said.

Juan David Ortiz, an intel supervisor for the Border Patrol, was arrested overnight on Saturday in a parking lot in Laredo, Texas.

The mother-of-five died at a hospital later that day.

"The county and city can rest assured that we have a serial killer in custody", Cuellar said.

Cueller did say that authorities have "very strong evidence" to link Ortiz to the crimes, and called him a "serial killer". In a statement, Customs and Border Protection said it was cooperating with investigators.

"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.

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