Border Patrol agent arrested in Texas as a suspected serial killer

US border agent Juan David Ortiz 35 has been charged with four counts of murder

US border agent Juan David Ortiz 35 has been charged with four counts of murder

A U.S. Border Patrol agent suspected of killing four women was arrested early today after a fifth woman who had been abducted managed to escape from him and notify authorities, law enforcement officials said, describing the agent as a "serial killer".

Alaniz said authorities were planning on filing four murder charges and one charge of aggravated kidnapping against Ortiz. That followed by two more bodies being discovered.

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

Alaniz told The Associated Press that all the women worked as prostitutes.

"He was profiling certain kinds of victims", Alaniz said, adding "the suspect was hunting for his victims".

It was not immediately known whether Ortiz has an attorney.

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The sheriff said that Ortiz was a 10-year veteran supervisor with Border Patrol, local NBC/ABC affiliate KGNS reported.

"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", his statement read.

Alaniz said the case broke Friday when a woman was reportedly kidnapped and escaped.

The victim was able to provide a detailed description of Ortiz, including his tattoos, Alaniz said. He was found hiding in a truck.

The Texas Rangers in collaboration with the Webb County Sheriff's Office are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found in the same vicinity where the body of another victim was found a week ago.

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. "We value the release of timely information and we are making this notice public in order to remove any unnecessary fear in the community", the statement said.

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