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.
Another woman who is suspected to have been a fifth victim is said to have escaped from Ortiz and alerted authorities to him.
A border agent was arrested early Saturday in South Texas by officials searching for a serial killer in the Laredo area. He fled police after the fifth woman he abducted escaped and informed authorities about her plight.
The 35-year-old suspect, an intel supervisor for the Border Patrol, was found hiding a auto park in Laredo, Texas, at around 2am after he initially fled police on Saturday.
"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. Chapa said investigators are not ruling out the possibility of more victims.
According to the District Attorney all of the women were prostitutes who were allegedly picked up by Ortiz. Authorities believe he acted alone.
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Ortiz was a 10-year veteran of the Border Patrol.
All of these cases are related to the almost two week murder investigation of two other women who were found killed in a rural part of Webb County.
He said investigators had "very strong evidence" that Mr Ortiz was behind the killings. "We value the release of timely information and we are making this notice public in order to remove any unnecessary fear in the community", the statement said.
Alaniz said authorities plan to file four murder charges and one charge of aggravated kidnapping against Ortiz.
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.