Monday, 19 November, 2018

Border Patrol Agent Arrested in Suspected Serial Killings

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
Jeannette Daniel | 16 September, 2018, 09:42

Ortiz was a 10-year veteran of the Border Patrol.

LAREDO, TEXAS-A U.S. Border Patrol agent was arrested early Saturday on the suspicion that he killed four prostitutes and abducted a fifth, who escaped.

Webb County Sheriff Martin Cuellar says Ortiz fled from state troopers and was found hiding in a hotel parking lot in Laredo at around 2 a.m. Saturday.

A fifth person, a female who was the victim in the alleged kidnapping, was able to escape and contacted authorities, providing a description of the suspect - including a vehicle, a white Dodge truck, authorities said.

Further details were sparse.

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He said that authorities believe Ortiz had killed all four women since September 3.

The third and fourth were found this weekend in the same area. We have agreed to work together on the hiring and professionalism of border patrol agents. Cuellar said investigators believe Ortiz acted alone.

"We do consider this to be a serial killer", he said.

47-year-old Claudine Anne Luera was found on Thursday morning in the brush near Camino Colombia about half a mile east of US-83 North with head trauma. Deputies detained the agent following a two-week murder investigation following the discovery of the bodies of two women the agent is accused of killing, KGNS reported on Saturday. She was taken to a local hospital where she later died. The other victims' identities have not yet been released.

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. That information belongs to the corresponding agencies who are handling the information and will make a more in depth release at the appropriate time.

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