Border agent charged in 2-week killing spree

Border agent charged in 2-week killing spree

The woman in the white pickup was feeling increasingly uneasy about the driver, whom she knew only as "David".

The arrest culminates a two-week investigation that began after two women were found murdered in Webb County.

"When she tried to escape from him at a gas station that's when she ran into a (state) trooper", he said.

He produced a gun in response, and grabbed hold of her shirt.

Image: Ortiz was arrested by police in the Texas city of Laredo.

Ortiz worked as an intelligence supervisor for the Border Patrol.

The agent was identified as Juan David Ortiz, 35.

But he had other confessions to make.

Accused serial killer was 10-year veteran of United States border patrol, and police say he may have claimed more victims.

The first murder took place September 3, authorities said.

"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 say one woman Ortiz had abducted escaped early Saturday morning and she was able to alert authorities.

"This case broke open yesterday with an aggravated kidnapping that led to a lookout for a suspect, in this case Ortiz, so he will be looking at charges of aggravated kidnapping", Alaniz said.

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Like the other victims, Ramirez was shot in the head and left on a road in rural north-west Webb County. Laredo is about 150 miles southwest of San Antonio.

At least two were USA citizens; the nationalities of the others were not known and investigators are still working to determine a motive.

The names of the four women have not been revealed.

Webb County Sheriff's spokesman Eduardo Chapa told CNN investigators are not ruling out the possibility of more victims. In a statement, Customs and Border Protection said it was cooperating with investigators.

His statement added: "Our sincerest condolences go out to the victims' family and friends".

She then described the suspect to the officer and provided details about his vehicle and his home, Alaniz said. She was later found dead.

He said investigators had "very strong evidence" that Mr Ortiz was behind the killings.

The mother of five died at a hospital later that day.

It was unclear if Ortiz had an attorney or if bond was set. He was quoted by the Laredo Times newspaper. The fourth appeared to be a transgender woman, but authorities referred to her as John Doe. Earlier this morning officials were dispatched to another part of the County where a third body was discovered.

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

He declined to discuss any potential motives, citing the investigation. One woman shot in the face.

"This guy is cold", Alaniz said.

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