Border Patrol agent accused of being serial killer
The U.S. Border Patrol agent Juan David Ortiz is charged with the murder of four people and the kidnapping of a fifth victim; Jeff Paul shares the latest details.
A U.S. Border Patrol supervisor accused of the killing of four of Texas women and the abduction of a fifth, was jailed Sunday on $2.5 million bond.
Juan David Ortiz, 35, was arrested early Saturday after he was found hiding in a truck parked outside a Laredo hotel. He is accused of four murders, as well as aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and unlawful restraint.
Webb County District Attorney Isidro Alaniz said Saturday that the researchers “consider this to be a serial killer.” He noted that all four of the dead had worked as a prostitute, and all four were shot in the head and left in a road in rural south Texas county.
The researchers said the violence took place over 11 days, starting with the Sept. 4 discovery of the remains of the 29-year-old Melissa Ramirez. According to a police statement, Ortiz said he killed Ramirez, a mother of two, the previous day.
A second woman, 42-year-old Claudine Anne Luera, was found shot and left in the road Thursday morning, badly injured, but still alive, according to the affidavit.
The mother of five children, died in a hospital later in the day.
On Friday, according to the affidavit, Ortiz grabbed a woman by the name of Erika Pena. They told the police that they struggled with Ortiz in the truck, where he pointed a gun at her, but that she was able to escape. She made it to a gas station where they found a state trooper who she asked for help.
BORDER PATROL AGENT ARRESTED, ACCUSED OF KILLING 4 WOMEN AND THE ABDUCTION OF A 5TH
According to the affidavit, Ortiz told the researchers that after Pena walked, he picked up his last two victims, whose identity has not yet been released by the authorities.
The prison records is not a lawyer to speak for Ortiz, who had worked for the Border Patrol for 10 years.
Alaniz, said one of the dead was a transgender woman. At least two were citizens of the united states; the nationality of the other were not known, he said. He said that researchers are still trying to determine a motive.
Ortiz was believed to have acted alone.
The federal agency issued a statement offering its “sincere condolences” to the women of the families, and tell of criminal activity by employees will not be tolerated.
The Texas Department of Public Safety, the Texas Rangers investigate, referred questions on the case of Webb County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Martin Cuellar not return several messages seeking comment.
Fox News’ Paulina Dedaj and The Associated Press contributed to this report.