Suspect Identified as Border Patrol Agent in Serial Murder Case

Suspect Identified as Border Patrol Agent in Serial Murder Case

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. Sheriffs, DPS, LPD and Texas Rangers assisted and about 30 min later Ortiz was found on the 3rd floor of the Hotel behind the bed of a pick up truck.

It is unclear what evidence suggests that Ortiz is the killer of all of the women but authorities have noted similarities in each crime.

Authorities didn't disclose the victims' names or nationalities and they declined to discuss the evidence or say how the women were killed - but local media outlets have linked them to at least three bodies found in the area over the last two weeks. Authorities are still trying to determine a motive for the killings. Alaniz also said the male victim was believed to be a prostitute.

Border Patrol agents are great men and women who work hard to keep us safe, and we thank them for their work.

A U.S. Border Patrol agent is in custody in connection with the killings of four women and the kidnapping of a fifth in Texas.

The bodies of two women were found earlier in the week, and another two were found early Saturday morning.

His statement added: "Our sincerest condolences go out to the victims' family and friends". Cuellar said investigators believe Ortiz acted alone.

Ortiz was a 10-year veteran of the Border Patrol. "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 said. "We value the release of timely information and we are making this notice public in order to remove any unnecessary fear in the community", the statement said. Ortiz will be charged with four murder charges and one unlawful restraint with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, Alaniz said.