Sheriff: US Border Patrol agent suspected of killing 4 women

Hannah Rogers
September 17, 2018

A US Border Patrol agent suspected of killing four women was arrested after a fifth woman who had been abducted managed to escape from him and notify authorities. Chapa told reporters that the police are not ruling out the possibility of finding more victims in the days to come, and Webb County District Attorney Isidro R. "Chilo" Alaniz said that he feels comfortable describing Ortiz as a serial killer.

Alaniz and his office have referred to the slayings as "serial killings".

According to a police affidavit, Ortiz said he killed Ramirez a day earlier.

Investigators believe Juan David Ortiz, 35, killed four women since September 3.

Webb County Sheriff Martin Cuellar, during Saturday's press conference, said an attempted kidnapping on Friday is what led authorities to Ortiz.

The last body was found Saturday after Ortiz told officers where to look.

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Juan David Ortiz, 35 of Laredo is being held Sunday on four murder counts, plus aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and unlawful restraint.

A United States border patrol agent has been arrested for the murders of four prostitutes inside two weeks after a fifth woman raised the alarm by fleeing from him to a petrol station in Texas. Police say all his female victims were prostitutes. "It's not a reflection of Border Patrol, they do a great job protecting our borders, they're super professional, and the work they do is important". Ortiz drove the pair outside city limits, stopped so he could urinate, and later proceeded to use a handgun to shoot Ramirez multiple times in the head, the document stated according to the Tribune.

Texas authorities have arrested a Border Patrol agent they say is responsible for a string of recent murders in southern Texas. Two of the victims were USA citizens, while the others' nationalities are not known, he added.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has offered condolences to family and friends of the victims.

"It's not a big city like San Antonio, Houston, where you see that a lot", she said.

Her mother, Elva, said the woman was born Umberto Ortiz, in Laredo, but was later known as Janelle. She was taken to a local hospital where she later died. He also is a US Navy veteran, Alaniz said.

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