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16 September 2018, 12:45 | Erica Roy
Border Patrol agent arrested in Texas as a suspected serial killer
Juan David Ortiz was captured after a woman he's accused of abducting had escaped, Webb County District Attorney Isidro Alaniz said at a news conference.
Law enforcement officers gather near the scene where the body of a woman was found near Interstate 35 north of Laredo, Texas on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018.
Ortiz's arrest came on the heels of a case in April in which authorities in Laredo arrested Ronald Anthony Burgos Aviles, also a supervisor for the Border Patrol, and charged him with killing a woman with whom he was romantically involved and her 1-year-old son.
"The county, the city can rest assured we have the serial killer in custody", Webb County Sheriff Martin Cuellar added. Authorities are still trying to determine a motive for the killings.
'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. Authorities said they believe Ortiz acted alone.
The bodies of three females and one male were found over the past two weeks, sheriff's spokesman Eduardo Chapa told CNN. More disturbing, one-third of all sex worker deaths are due to murder by serial killers, according to a 2006 study. A second victim, Claudine Anne Luera, was found alive but died at the hospital. Authorities say one woman Ortiz had abducted escaped early Saturday morning and she was able to alert authorities. The body of a 29-year-old mother-of-two was found on 4 September, the Laredo Times said.
Alaniz said the case broke Friday when a woman was reportedly kidnapped and escaped. The names of the victims were not immediately released.
The sheriff said that Ortiz was a 10-year veteran supervisor with Border Patrol, local NBC/ABC affiliate KGNS reported.
Ortiz was approached by police at approximately 2 a.m. Saturday and initially fled troopers.
Cueller thanked the Department of Public Safety, the Texas Rangers and the district attorney's office for their assistance in the investigation.
"Out of respect for the victims' family and friends, we ask that deference and due process be given to the investigation so that all the facts are brought to light and they can receive the closure they deserve".
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