Thursday, 20 September, 2018

'Serial killer' Border Patrol agent charged with murdering 4 women

Suspect Identified as Border Patrol Agent in Serial Murder Case Border Patrol agent arrested in Texas as a suspected serial killer
Ellis Copeland | 16 September, 2018, 12:42

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. Ortiz will be charged with four murder charges and one unlawful restraint with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, Alaniz said.

Ortiz was arrested after the fifth woman managed to flee.

Three bodies have been found in the northwest area of the county this month, Webb County Sheriff Martin Cuellar said. Deputies detained the agent following a two-week murder investigation following the discovery of the bodies of two women the agent is accused of killing, KGNS reported on Saturday. He said all of the women worked as prostitutes.

Having just spoken with Webb County Sheriff Martin Cuellar, there is no doubt in my mind that the heroic efforts of these four agencies have saved lives; they are to be commended.

Two of the victims were found earlier on Saturday and on Friday evening.

"We feel that our efforts have gathered strong evidence against this killer". Luera was found still alive but in critical condition Thursday near a stretch of Texas Highway 255, but she died at a hospital. The names of the victims were not immediately released.

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Andrew Meehan, assistant commissioner for public affairs at the Border Patrol, said the agency was fully cooperating with investigators in the case.

"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".

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

"The arrest of the border patrol agent who has allegedly committed multiple murders could not have happened without the hard work and expertise of the Texas Rangers, the Webb County Sheriff's Office, the Webb County District Attorney's Office, and Laredo Police Department".

Authorities found Ortiz at a gas station in Laredo, about 160 miles southwest of San Antonio.

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.

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