LAREDO, TEXAS-A U.S. Border Patrol agent was arrested early Saturday on the suspicion that he killed four prostitutes and abducted a fifth, who escaped.
He's suspected of killing four women and abducting a fifth. Chapa said investigators are not ruling out the possibility of more victims. The fourth body was reported discovered just after 12pm this afternoon along I-35 just north of Laredo. He was quoted by the Laredo Times newspaper.
The first murder took place September 3, authorities said.
Juan Davis Ortiz, 35, a former US Navy vet, who has been with the US Border Patrol for 10 years was captured by the state troopers on Saturday in Laredo, a Texas city on the border with Mexico.
The case is the latest in a series of recent gruesome episodes involving Border Patrol agents, and comes at a time when protesters and some Democratic lawmakers are seeking to curb the actions of immigration officials.
The Webb County District Attorney's Office told reporters that all of the victims were prostitutes. They also said Ortiz is believed to have been working alone.
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Authorities were led to Ortiz after a woman who accused him of trying to kidnap her escaped from him, according to Webb County District Attorney Isidro Alaniz.
The Texas Rangers are investigating the case.
Police identified one of the victims as 29-year-old Melissa Ramirez of Laredo.
A preliminary investigation confirmed, a woman, with head trauma injury, was found off the roadway on State Highway 255 near mile marker 436. Police did not disclose her cause of death. Nine days later, police found 42-year-old Claudine Anne Luera suffering from what they described as "head trauma" along the same road. She was taken to a local hospital where she later died. The names of the victims were not immediately released. We value the release of timely information and we are making this notice public in order to remove any unnecessary fear in the community. (In the) meantime we maintain our city's safety and security and our responsibility to make you feel safe as well.
"Our sincerest condolences go out to the victims' family and friends", the U.S. Border Patrol said in a statement.