Border Patrol Agent Arrested in Texas in Connection With 4 Killings, Kidnapping

Suspect Identified as Border Patrol Agent in Serial Murder Case

Suspect Identified as Border Patrol Agent in Serial Murder Case

Authorities arrested Juan David Ortiz on Saturday morning after a woman he allegedly kidnapped escaped and went to police, The Associated Press reported.

The district attorney's office intends to charge Ortiz with four counts of murder and one count of aggravated kidnapping. Cops arrested him in his vehicle in a hotel parking lot at 2am.

"We consider this man to be a serial killer who was preying on one victim after another", Cuellar said. He said all the women worked as prostitutes and investigators were trying to find a motive for the killings. Local media in Laredo, 150 miles (240 km) southwest of San Antonio, said they had been working as prostitutes.

Webb County Sheriff Martin Cuellar said police believed Mr Ortiz had acted alone.

Two of the victims were found earlier on Saturday and on Friday evening. "It meets the qualifications or definition of being a serial killer - in this case we have four people murdered".

The second victim, 42-year-old Claudine Anne Luera, was located alive along Texas Highway 255 near mile marker 436.

He said that authorities believe Ortiz had killed all four women since September 3. None of the women's names have been released, pending notification of family members.

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

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.

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

Two years ago, a senior Border Patrol agent stationed farther north up the border in Del Rio, Texas, was taken into custody and charged with distributing child pornography and attempting to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity.

The Texas Rangers in collaboration with the Webb County Sheriff's Office are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found in the same vicinity where the body of another victim was found a week ago.

The Laredo Police Department issued a statement about the arrest to calm fear in the community.

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