Published: Sun, September 16, 2018

US Border Patrol agent arrested on suspicion of killing four women

US Border Patrol agent arrested on suspicion of killing four women

Ortiz fled from state troopers and hid in the parking lot of a Laredo hotel, where he was arrested.

A US Border Patrol agent was taken into custody in Texas in connection with the slayings of four people and the kidnapping of a woman who escaped was described by authorities as a serial killer who hunted for his victims.

Texas authorities have charged a U.S. Border Patrol supervisor with murdering four female sex workers during a two-week killing spree that ended when a fifth woman escaped from him and found help.

Webb County District Attorney Isidro Alaniz said that the evidence suggests that "the manner in which they were killed is similar".

The first victim was identified as 29-year-old Laredo resident Melissa Ramirez, whose body was found on September 4. Alaniz said two of them were U.S. citizens but the nationalities of the other two were not yet known.

"We do consider this to be a serial killer".

Cuellar said investigators have "very strong evidence" that he is responsible for the deaths of the four women, who are believed to worked as prostitutes. All of the women were prostitutes, the district attorney told CNN affiliate KGNS-TV.

I also intend to speak with the General Inspector of DHS who is working on this matter, to express my concern that this is the second case this year involving a border patrol agent who has killed someone in Laredo.

"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. Authorities say one woman Ortiz had abducted escaped early Saturday morning and she was able to alert authorities. Authorities believe he acted alone.

"I extend my condolences to the families of the victims during this hard time". But the spokesperson referred all other questions to authorities in Webb County and the Texas Department of Public Safety.

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