Border Patrol agent went on 2-week killing spree

Blanche Robertson
September 16, 2018

US Border Patrol agent Juan David Ortiz was arrested in Webb County, Texas, on Saturday morning as authorities say he suspected of murdering of four women and the abducting a fifth.

Alaniz told The Texas Tribune that after the suspect picked up the fifth woman she quickly realized that she was in danger.

"When she tried to escape from him at a gas station that's when she ran into a (state) trooper", Alaniz said.

Alaniz said authorities were planning on filing four murder charges and one charge of aggravated kidnapping against Ortiz. He said all of the women worked as prostitutes.

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

"The manner in which they were killed is similar in all the cases from the evidence", said Alaniz.

All of these cases are related to the almost two week murder investigation of two other women who were found killed in a rural part of Webb County.

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"We have probable cause to believe that he is responsible for this series of murders, which I would qualify as a serial murderer", Alaniz said. Cuellar said investigators believe Ortiz acted alone.

Alaniz claims all the victims were involved in sex work.

It is said Ortiz is an intel supervisor for the U.S. Border Patrol in Laredo.it is also said he is an ex marine veteran.

In a statement, Andrew Meehan, assistant commissioner for public affairs for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said his agency is fully cooperating with all investigators.

"Out of respect for the victims' family and friends, we ask that deference and due process be given to the investigation so that all the facts are brought to light and they can receive the closure they deserve".

"While it is CBP policy to not comment on the details of an ongoing investigation, criminal action by our employees is not, and will not be tolerated", his statement read.

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