Border Patrol Agent in Texas Arrested for Allegedly Killing 4 Women
LAREDO, TEXAS — September 17, 2018
A Texas border patrol agent accused of killing four women was arrested early Saturday after a fifth woman managed to escape from him and notify authorities, law enforcement officials said, referring to the agent a 'serial killer.'
According to the police report, Juan David Ortiz, an intel supervisor for 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.
Investigators have 'very strong evidence' that the suspect is responsible in the deaths of the four women, who are believed to have worked as prostitutes. Webb County Sheriff Martin Cuellar said that now it is unclear what motivated the crimes, but it is clear the killings are the work of a serial killer. Investigators believe Ortiz acted alone.
"Yes, we do consider this to be a serial killer," supported Webb County District Attorney Isidro Alaniz.
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 investigators.
"Our sincerest condolences go out to the victims' family and friends. 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," Meehan said.
He referred questions about the investigation to authorities in Webb County and to the Texas Department of Public Safety, whose Texas Rangers are also investigating.
A Texas Department of Public Safety sergeant didn't return several messages seeking comment on Saturday.
Authorities still haven’t disclosed the victims' names or nationalities.
"The manner in which they were killed is similar in all the cases from the evidence," said Alaniz.
Neither of prosecutors commented directly on the evidence, nor did they specify how the women were killed.
Alaniz said that his office plans to charge Ortiz with four counts of murder and one count of aggravated kidnapping.
Authorities plan to provide updates on the investigation this coming Monday.