Published: Mon, September 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

United States border agent charged in 2-week killing spree

United States 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".

He declined to discuss the evidence or say how the women were killed. He had reacted strangely, she later told authorities, and the situation had grown so tense that she vomited in the front yard before they left for a gas station. She managed to jump out of the truck and into the night, her shirt torn from her body. She told the trooper where the man lived.

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Mr Ortiz fled but was arrested in a hotel parking lot in the city of Laredo.

But he had other confessions to make.

The woman was in a truck with a man named "David" and the two started talking about one of the prostitutes who had gone missing a week earlier.

Webb County District Attorney Isidro Alaniz is describing the U.S. Border Patrol agent suspected of killing four women as a "serial killer".

Ortiz has worked for the Border Patrol for 10 years, according to the sheriff's office. He is charged with four counts of murder, as well as of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and unlawful restraint.

An arrest affidavit stated that Ortiz provided officers with details on meeting at least one of the women, Melissa Ramirez, on September 3. It was not immediately known whether Ortiz has an attorney.

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Ortiz was captured after a potential victim escaped from his vehicle, investigators said. "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".

The names of the victims have not been released, but Alaniz says two are USA citizens.

The names of the four women have not been revealed.

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. All four had died from gunshot wounds to the head, and all four were found over the course of the last two weeks.

According to the affidavit, Pena said Ortiz had picked her up on San Bernardo Avenue and took her to his home. The victim was "battling for survival" and had a gun pulled on her during the attempted kidnapping, according to Chapa. She was later found dead.

Webb County Sheriff Martin Cuellar said police believed Mr Ortiz had acted alone.

Christina Ayala, 29, was at H-E-B grocery store shopping on Sunday night in Laredo, and said she and her family had heard about the killings.

It is unclear what evidence suggests that Ortiz is the killer of all of the women but authorities have noted similarities in each crime. He was quoted by the Laredo Times newspaper. He then went back to the city. Authorities say that all female victims were prostitutes.

Investigators discovered two more bodies, one on Friday and one on Saturday in a remote area along Interstate Route 35.

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