Border Patrol Agent Arrested in Texas in Connection With 4 Killings, Kidnapping

Border Patrol agent arrested accused of killing four women

Border Patrol agent arrested accused of killing four women

US Border Patrol agent Juan David Ortiz was arrested in Webb County, Texas, on Saturday morning as authorities say he suspected of murdering of four women and the abducting a fifth.

"This case broke open yesterday with an aggravated kidnapping and then a lookout for a suspect, in this case Ortiz", said Isidro R. "Chilo" Alaniz, Webb County district attorney. Authorities say one woman Ortiz had abducted escaped early Saturday morning and she was able to alert authorities. Sheriff Martin Cuellar said Ortiz fled from state troopers and was found hiding in the parking lot of a hotel in Laredo, a border city about 235 kilometres southwest of San Antonio.

"It's interesting that he would be observing and watching as law enforcement was looking for the killer, that he would be reporting to work every day like normal", Alaniz said. 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.

The four victims' names were not immediately disclosed. Numerous workers are also low-income women of color.

The Texas Rangers, along with the Webb County Sheriff's office, launched an investigation after Melissa Ramirez, 29, a mother of two, was found slain September 4. A second victim, Claudine Anne Luera, was found alive but died at the hospital.

Andrew Meehan, a US Customs and Border Protection spokesperson, said in a statement to CNN that the agency is fully cooperating with investigators.

"The manner in which they were killed is similar in all the cases from the evidence", said Alaniz.

"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.

"Our sincerest condolences go out to the victims' family and friends". Cuellar said investigators believe Ortiz acted alone. But the spokesperson referred all other questions to authorities in Webb County and the Texas Department of Public Safety.

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