Texas state troopers arrested a U.S. Border Patrol supervisor Saturday who they say went on a two-week serial killing spree that left four female sex workers dead and ended only when a fifth woman escaped from him at a gas station and found help.
Webb County District Attorney Isidro Alaniz classified Ortiz as a serial killer on Saturday.
Webb County Sheriff Martin Cuellar said during a news conference that the agent, identified as Juan David Ortiz, was arrested Saturday, according to multiple reports.
Authorities didn't disclose the victims' names or nationalities and they declined to discuss the evidence or say how the women were killed - but local media outlets have linked them to at least three bodies found in the area over the last two weeks. Chapa said investigators are not ruling out the possibility of more victims.
Alaniz told The Associated Press that all the women worked as prostitutes.
In a statement, Andrew Meehan, assistant commissioner for public affairs for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said his agency's Office of Professional Responsibility, the U.S. Border Patrol and the Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General are fully cooperating with all investigators.
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The site where the victim was found is about a mile away from where Laredo's previous homicide victim was found about a week prior.
"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.
"We feel that our efforts have gathered strong evidence against this killer".
Ortiz, Cuellar said, spent 10 years as an agent with the US Border Patrol. They also said Ortiz is believed to have been working alone.
"I extend my condolences to the families of the victims during this hard time".