A US Border Patrol agent suspected of killing 4 sex employees was arrested Saturday after a fifth woman escaped and notified legislation enforcement, who referred to the agent as a “serial killer.”
Juan David Ortiz, a supervisor for the Border Patrol, was arrested by the Texas Rangers early Saturday morning in relation to a number of homicides within the Laredo, Texas space.
Webb County Sheriff Martin Cuellar confirmed in a press release that the 35-year-old had murdered the 4 victims inside the previous two weeks. Ortiz, a Navy veteran, had been with the US Customs and Border Protection company for 10 years.
Webb County District Attorney Isidro Alaniz described Ortiz as a “serial killer” who preyed on sex employees whom he picked up at bus stops and parking heaps within the Laredo space. In the final two weeks, Alaniz stated, Ortiz killed 4 girls, one in every of whom was transgender.
“He would take these women out to desolate highway areas and once he got them there he would take them out of his truck and execute them,” Alaniz instructed BuzzFeed News.
All of the victims have been shot within the head — some within the face — with a handgun, Alaniz stated. Ortiz is suspected of killing the 4 girls whereas he was off responsibility. Investigators don’t but know if he used a service weapon within the killings.
The fifth sufferer, who was in a position to escape from Ortiz, stated he took her to his home and started to behave “weird” when she began to speak about one of many different girls he allegedly killed, whose body had been discovered the week before, in response to the criminal criticism.
Ortiz and the woman left his home in his pickup truck and stopped at a fuel station that was three or 4 blocks from a Border Patrol station, Alaniz stated.
The fifth sufferer then again introduced up the woman who had been killed, and that is when Ortiz pulled out a black pistol and pointed it at her, in response to the criticism.
According to the doc, Ortiz tried to prevent her from exiting the truck, grabbing her shirt, however the woman pulled the shirt off and ran away from the shifting car, in direction of a state trooper whom she requested for help.
About an hour later state troopers positioned the truck and tried to query Ortiz, who ran to a multi-level resort parking storage. He was finally discovered hiding within the mattress of a truck, Alaniz stated.
Ortiz, a Navy veteran, admitted to killing the 4 girls between September three and September 15, the district legal professional stated. He added that there was no indication Ortiz had murdered extra girls.
“They did not deserve to die the way they did,” Alaniz stated of the vicims.
Ortiz was charged with second-degree aggravated assault with a lethal weapon, third-degree illegal restraint, and 4 counts of first-degree murder.
“We want to reassure the citizens of Laredo that the community and your families are safe,” the Laredo police, which had been helping within the investigation, stated in a press release Saturday.
In a press release, CBP spokesperson Andrew Meehan stated that the company was helping within the investigation into Ortiz, and that the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector basic had been notified.
“Our sincerest condolences go out to the victims’ family and friends. 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,” Meehan stated. “Out of respect to the victims’ household and pals, we ask that deference and due course of be given to the investigation so that every one the details are dropped at mild and so they can obtain the closure they deserve.”
Ortiz is the second border patrol agent from the Laredo sector accused of a number of murders this year. Ronald Burgos-Aviles, a 28-year-old Border Patrol agent, was arrested in April on two counts of capital murder, after reporting that he discovered the our bodies of his girlfriend, 27-year-old Grizelda Hernandez, and her one-year-old son Dominick Hernandez close to a park in South Texas.
Burgos-Aviles pleaded not guilty to the murder fees final month.
Ortiz joined CBP in 2008, amid a rest of hiring requirements geared toward boosting the company’s ranks. In congressional testimony in 2015, the then-head of CBP, Gil Kerlikowske, stated that the push to double the variety of Border Patrol brokers after the 9/11 terrorist assaults had allowed unhealthy actors to affix the company’s forces.
“When we lowered our requirements of hiring and didn’t correctly vet folks, we made errors in who received employed. And we paid a price for that and are persevering with to pay a price for that,” Kerlikowske told the House of Representatives’ Appropriations Committee on the time.