U.S. 'serial killer' border agent arrested in Texas

Larry MacDougal  MCDOL

LAREDO, TEXAS-A U.S. Border Patrol agent was arrested early Saturday on the suspicion that he killed four prostitutes and abducted a fifth, who escaped.

Another woman who is suspected to have been a fifth victim is said to have escaped from Ortiz and alerted authorities to him.

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

It is unclear what evidence suggests that Ortiz is the killer of all of the women but authorities have noted similarities in each crime.

The 35-year-old suspect, an intel supervisor for the Border Patrol, was found hiding a auto park in Laredo, Texas, at around 2am after he initially fled police on Saturday.

Alaniz said that after the suspect picked up the fifth woman she quickly realised that she was in danger.

The four victims' names were not immediately disclosed. He said all of the women worked as prostitutes. Cuellar said investigators believe heacted alone. Two of the victims were found earlier this month along Interstate 35 in rural northwest Webb County, the Laredo Morning Times reports.


A U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesperson confirmed Ortiz is a supervisory Border Patrol agent.

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

"I extend my condolences to the families of the victims during this hard time".

Ortiz was a 10-year veteran of the Border Patrol.

While it was not agency policy to comment on the details of an ongoing investigation, Meehan said, criminal conduct by CBP employees is not and will not be tolerated.

Ortiz faces four murder charges and one count of aggravated kidnapping.

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.

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