Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

U.S. border patrol agent suspected of killing 4 women

U.S. border patrol agent suspected of killing 4 women

LAREDO, TEXAS-A U.S. Border Patrol agent was arrested early Saturday on the suspicion that he killed four prostitutes and abducted a fifth, who escaped.

Authorities were led to Ortiz after a woman who accused him of trying to kidnap her escaped from him, according to Webb County District Attorney Isidro Alaniz. That woman's body was located near Interstate 35, north of Laredo. Cops arrested him in his vehicle in a hotel parking lot at 2am. Ortiz fled from police who found him cowering inside a truck in the parking lot outside a local hotel in the city about 145 miles southwest of San Antonio.

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

Alaniz said that after the suspect picked up the fifth woman she quickly realised that she was in danger.

'It's interesting that he would be observing and watching as law enforcement was looking for the killer, that he would be reporting to work every day like normal, ' Alaniz said. It is believed Ortiz targeted these women and acted alone. "It meets the qualifications or definition of being a serial killer - in this case we have four people murdered". Luera was found still alive but in critical condition Thursday near a stretch of Texas Highway 255, but she died at a hospital. His first victim Laredo resident Melissa Ramirez, 29, (left) was found dead on September 4. Authorities say one woman Ortiz had abducted escaped early Saturday morning and she was able to alert authorities. None of the women's names have been released, pending notification of family members.

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

Later on Saturday, the United States Customs and Border Patrol released a statement saying that it could not comment on any ongoing investigation, but "criminal action by our employees is not, and will not be tolerated".

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

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

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