Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Texas border patrol agent accused of killing 4 women, abducting another

Texas border patrol agent accused of killing 4 women, abducting another

Texas state troopers arrested a U.S. Border Patrol supervisor Saturday who they say went on a two-week serial killing spree that left four female sex workers dead and ended only when a fifth woman escaped from him at a gas station and found help.

While charges against him had not yet been filed as of late Saturday, Webb County District Attorney Isidro Alaniz said that investigators had reason to believe that it was Ortiz who killed three women and one man whose bodies were discovered near rural roads in unpopulated areas of Webb County over the past two weeks.

Mr Alaniz said investigators were still trying to determine a motive for the killings. He says all the women worked as prostitutes.

"We do consider this to be a serial killer", he said.

Cueller did say that authorities have "very strong evidence" to link Ortiz to the crimes, and called him a "serial killer".

Authorities said that nearly had no doubt that Ortiz was behind the gruesome acts, with Webb County Sheriff Martin Cuelllar stating that police are in possession of "very strong evidence" implicating Ortiz.

The four victims' names were not immediately disclosed.

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

The police got their break overnight Saturday when Ortiz allegedly tried to abduct another woman.

Ortiz, a 10-year Border Patrol veteran, was arrested early Saturday after the fifth woman escaped and found a state trooper. He fled the scene on foot and ran to the Ramada Inn hotel, where he was found hiding in the bed of a pickup truck, Alaniz said.

The names of the victims have not been released, but Alaniz says two are US citizens.

According to the Associated Press, U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued a statement saying that it was fully cooperating with the investigation.

"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".

"Laredo is not the sleepy town that we grew up in", Alaniz said.

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