A U.S. Border Patrol agent was arrested early Saturday on the suspicion that he killed 4 prostitutes and kidnapped a fifth, who escaped.
The agent, Juan David Ortiz, was captured after a lady whom he tried to abduct escaped, Webb County District Legal professional Isidro Alaniz mentioned at a information convention. Sheriff Martin Cuellar mentioned Ortiz fled from state troopers and was discovered hiding within the parking zone of a lodge in Laredo, a border metropolis about 145 miles (235 kilometers) southwest of San Antonio.
Alaniz mentioned investigators are nonetheless making an attempt to find out a motive for the killings, although he described Ortiz as a serial killer. He mentioned the entire girls labored as prostitutes.
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Cuellar mentioned investigators have “very sturdy proof” that Ortiz is liable for the deaths of the 4 girls. However authorities declined to debate the proof or say how the ladies have been killed.
Alaniz mentioned authorities have been planning on submitting 4 homicide fees and one cost of aggravated kidnapping towards Ortiz.
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A U.S. Customs and Border Safety spokesperson confirmed Ortiz is a supervisory Border Patrol agent. However the spokesperson referred all different inquiries to authorities in Webb County and the Texas Division of Public Security.