Authorities say a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent in Texas has been arrested on suspicion of having killed four women and abducted a fifth.
Ortiz reportedly fled from state troopers before being arrested in the parking lot of a Laredo hotel.
Webb County District Attorney Isidro Alaniz said in a tweet that Juan David Ortiz, 35, an intel supervisor for the Border Patrol, had been charged with four counts of murder as well as aggravated assault and unlawful restraint.
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The bodies of two women were found earlier in the week, and another two were found early Saturday morning. The prosecutor says he feels comfortable describing Ortiz as a serial killer. Nationalities of the others are not yet known. Alaniz said two of them were US citizens but the nationalities of the other two were not yet known.
Ortiz is a 10-year veteran of the Webb County Border Patrol.
According to the District Attorney all of the women were prostitutes who were allegedly picked up by Ortiz.
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A U.S. Border Patrol agent is in custody in connection with the killings of four women and the kidnapping of a fifth in Texas. Cuellar said investigators believe heacted alone. "While it is CBP policy to not comment on the details of an ongoing investigation, criminal action by our employees is not, and will not be tolerated", Meehan said.
His statement added: "Our sincerest condolences go out to the victims' family and friends".
"We have very strong evidence that he is the person who has been killing", Sheriff Cuellar said at a press conference posted on CNN affiliate KGNS's Facebook page. Authorities say one woman Ortiz had abducted escaped early Saturday morning and she was able to alert authorities.
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He referred questions about the investigation to authorities in Webb County and to the Texas Department of Public Safety, whose Texas Rangers are also investigating.