Texas Sheriff Arrests Border Patrol Agent as Alleged Serial Killer

Border Patrol agents arrest suspected illegal immigrants in Rio Grande Valley Sector

Border Patrol agents arrest suspected illegal immigrants in Rio Grande Valley Sector

A US Border Patrol supervisor was charged Saturday with murder in the deaths of four female sex workers following what authorities called a two-week killing spree that ended when a fifth woman escaped from him at a Texas gas station and found help.

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

Mr Ortiz fled but was arrested in a hotel parking lot in the city of Laredo.

Alaniz would not specify how the victims were killed but said the "methods and means" of the slayings were similar.

"We have probable cause to believe that he is responsible for this series of murders, which I would qualify as a serial murderer", Alaniz said. Alaniz said two of them were United States citizens but the nationalities of the other two were not yet known. He said all of the women worked as prostitutes. Authorities believe he acted alone.

The bodies of two of the women were discovered earlier this month along Interstate 35 in rural northwest Webb County, the Laredo Morning Times reported, while the third and fourth were found in the same area this weekend.

In a statement, Andrew Meehan, assistant commissioner for public affairs for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said his agency is fully cooperating with all investigators.

Alaniz said his office plans to charge Ortiz with four counts of murder and one count of aggravated kidnapping.

"We have very strong evidence that he is the person who has been killing", Webb County Sheriff Martin Cuellar said at a news conference posted on KGNS's Facebook page.

"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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