Texas authorities have charged a U.S. Border Patrol supervisor in the killing of four female sex workers and an attack on a fifth who escaped and found help.
The county's district attorney, Isidro Alaniz, says authorities were led to Ortiz after a woman he tried to kidnap escaped from him.
Juan David Ortiz, 35, was arrested early Saturday after he was found hiding in a truck parked outside a Laredo hotel.
Border Patrol agents are great men and women who work hard to keep us safe, and we thank them for their work. Ortiz reportedly told investigators that he picked Ramirez up in the area of San Bernardo Avenue on September 3, then drove outside the city limits, according to the affidavit. The fourth appeared to be a transgender woman, but authorities referred to her as John Doe.
At least two were U.S. citizens; the nationalities of the others were not known, he said. The victim was able to provide a detailed description of Ortiz, including his tattoos, Alaniz said.
The spree came to an end Friday when a fifth woman Ortiz pulled his gun on fought him off, hopped out of his vehicle and ran to a gas station pleading for help, according to the report.
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.
According to the Associated Press, U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued a statement saying that it was fully cooperating with the investigation.
Image: Ortiz was arrested by police in the Texas city of Laredo. The border city about 235 kilometres southwest of San Antonio.
Cueller thanked the Department of Public Safety, the Texas Rangers and the district attorney's office for their assistance in the investigation. Chapa said investigators are not ruling out the possibility of more victims.
"I extend my condolences to the families of the victims during this hard time". He is suspected of killing four women and kidnapping a fifth woman who alerted authorities after she escaped.
Christina Ayala, 29, was at H-E-B grocery store shopping on Sunday night in Laredo, and said she and her family had heard about the killings. One woman shot in the face.