Juan David Ortiz fled state troops and found himself hiding in the parking lot of a hotel in Laredo, Texas around 2 am Saturday
New details have emerged about the arrest of a border patrol agent & # 39; serial killer & # 39; He launched a two-week homicide spree, and was ready to kill a fifth woman until he escaped his reach and alerted the authorities.
Juan David Ortiz, 35, was arrested on Saturday morning and in the evening he was charged with murder for the murder of four sex workers, as well as aggravated assault, illegal restraint.
The 10-year veteran of the Border Patrol fled the state patrols and found himself hiding in a truck in the parking lot of a hotel in Laredo, Texas, around 2 a.m. M.
Webb County District Attorney Isidro Alaniz said investigators have "very strong evidence" that he was the killer behind the four prostitutes, one of whom was a transgender woman.
"We consider him to be a serial killer," said Alaniz.
Although the authorities have not revealed how he conducted the killings, the police say they were all killed in a similar way. All the murders took place when he was out of service and in his car: a four-door white Dodge truck.
He was discovered after he picked up a fifth woman who later escaped his clutches and alerted the police.
The agent of the US Border Patrol UU., Juan David Ortiz, was arrested in Webb County, Texas, on Saturday morning when authorities reported that he suspected the murder of four women and the kidnapping of a fifth. The first victim, Melissa Ramirez, a 29-year-old Laredo resident, appears in the photo
& # 39; He picked up [the fifth woman] upstairs, she went voluntarily with him and then, while she was with him, things started to get dangerous for her and when she tried to escape him at a service station it was when she ran into a soldier, "Alaniz told the Texas Tribune.
"In our opinion, he is the only person responsible for this horrible serial murder," he added.
Ortiz launched his alleged murder spree on September 3.
The authorities did not disclose the names or nationalities of the victims and refused to analyze the evidence or to say how the women were killed, but the local media have linked them with at least three bodies found in the area in the last two weeks
Three corpses were found in the northwestern area of the county this month, said Webb County Sheriff Martin Cuellar.
The policemen gather at the scene where the body of a dead woman was found near Interstate 35 north of Laredo, Texas, on Saturday.
The police arrested Ortiz on Saturday after he was found hiding in a truck in the parking lot of a hotel in Laredo, Texas, at 2 a.m. M.
The first victim was identified as Melissa Ramirez, a 29-year-old resident of Laredo, whose body was found on September 4.
The investigators have not revealed their cause of death.
On Thursday, Claudine Anne Luera, 42, was found fatally wounded on a road not far from where the previous body was found.
Luera was taken to a hospital in critical condition, where she was later pronounced dead due to fatal head trauma.
Investigators are trying to determine the motive for the murders. It is believed that Ortiz attacked these women and acted alone.
"It's interesting that he would be watching and watching while the police searched for the killer, who would report to work every day as usual," said Alaniz.
The United States Customs and Border Protection Office issued a statement saying that it was cooperating fully with the investigation.
"Our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of the victims, while it is CBP policy not to comment on the details of an ongoing investigation, the criminal action of our employees is not and will not be tolerated," the agency said.
An investigation is ongoing by the Texas Rangers of the Texas Department of Public Safety.