Border agent charged in 2-week killing spree

A patch on the uniform of a U.S. Border Patrol agent at a highway checkpoint in Maine

A longtime U.S. Border Patrol agent is being called a "serial killer" after he was arrested and charged with the murder of four women in southern Texas on Saturday.

Webb County Sheriff Martin Cuellar said at a news conference that the agent, Juan David Ortiz, was arrested early Saturday morning. "Fortunately, he's now been apprehended". Establishing and maintaining high standards for Border Patrol agents is a top priority for my office.

CNN reached out to US Customs and Border Protection, which had no immediate comment. He was arrested on suspicion of evading arrest. While charges against him had not yet been filed as of late Saturday, Webb County District Attorney Isidro Alaniz said that investigators had reason to believe that it was Ortiz who killed three women and one man whose bodies were discovered near rural roads in unpopulated areas of Webb County over the past two weeks.

Despite withholding information surrounding the killings, including the victims' identities, Webb County Sheriff Martin Cuellar said investigators have "very strong evidence" that Ortiz is responsible for the deaths of the four women. On Thursday a 42-year-old woman was found critically injured by the side of a highway and died in hospital.

"He was profiling certain kinds of victims", Alaniz said, adding "the suspect was hunting for his victims". Authorities say that all female victims were prostitutes.

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Alaniz said authorities tracked down Ortiz after a woman, also described as working as a prostitute, escaped after having been abducted.

She claimed that Ortiz was a married father of two young children who tore her blouse when she ran away from his vehicle.

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. According to the Morning Times report, state police located Ortiz at a Laredo gas station, and chased him when he immediately took off running - only to quickly find him inside a pickup truck in a nearby hotel parking lot. His first victim Laredo resident Melissa Ramirez, 29, (left) was found dead on September 4. However, this is the second instance this year involving a Border Patrol agent killing someone in Laredo. Numerous allegations stemmed from on-duty cases involving people the employees had apprehended. We have agreed to work together on the hiring and professionalism of border patrol agents. "It could have been a P.D. It could have been a state trooper".

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