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Border Patrol Agent Arrested in Texas in Connection With 4 Killings, Kidnapping

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Deanna Wagner | 16 September, 2018, 09:43

A border agent was arrested early Saturday in South Texas by officials searching for a serial killer in the Laredo area.

But both Alaniz and Cuellar declined to discuss the evidence or say how the women were killed. Sheriff Martin Cuellar identified the man as Juan David Ortiz a 10 year veteran supervisor of the U.S. Border Patrol.

The bodies of two women were found earlier in the week, and another two were found early Saturday morning. He is suspected of killing four women and kidnapping a fifth woman who alerted authorities after she escaped.

Investigators are still trying to determine a motive for the killings.

Authorities didn't immediately disclose the victims' names or nationalities.

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I also intend to speak with the General Inspector of DHS who is working on this matter, to express my concern that this is the second case this year involving a border patrol agent who has killed someone in Laredo. Ortiz will be charged with four murder charges and one unlawful restraint with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, Alaniz said.

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

"We do consider this to be a serial killer". "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.

Alaniz told The Associated Press that all the women worked as prostitutes. Authorities believe he acted alone.

"Out of respect for the victims' family and friends, we ask that deference and due process be given to the investigation so that all the facts are brought to light and they can receive the closure they deserve". But the spokesperson referred all other questions to authorities in Webb County and the Texas Department of Public Safety.