Border Patrol agent went on 2-week killing spree

Leroy Wright
September 16, 2018

Two other two bodies were located following the man's arrest, with the last victim's remains having been found north of Laredo, the alleged perpetrator's last hiding place. Deputies detained the agent following a two-week murder investigation following the discovery of the bodies of two women the agent is accused of killing, KGNS reported on Saturday.

Ortiz was charged late on Saturday with four counts of murder, aggravated assault and unlawful restraint, Webb County, Texas District Attorney Isidro Alaniz said in a tweet.

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", Sheriff Cuellar said.

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A woman allegedly abducted by Juan David Ortiz had been able to escape and alert officers, according to local media reports. Establishing and maintaining high standards for Border Patrol agents is a top priority for my office. The names of those victims have not been released. Alaniz said two of them were USA citizens but the nationalities of the other two were not yet known.

Alaniz would not specify how the victims were killed but said the "methods and means" of the slayings were similar. "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", the agency said. His known victims were all believed to have worked as prostitutes, and according to a CBS News report, investigators have not ruled out the possibility of more victims. Cuellar said investigators believe Ortiz acted alone. "The evidence then collected by the law enforcement investigators indicates that there was probable cause to indicate that this individual was responsible for this series of murders, which I would qualify as a serial murder that we have".

"Our sincerest condolences go out to the victims' family and friends", Meehan said.

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