Authorities arrested a supervisory US Border Patrol agent for being a serial killer with at least 4 dead victims. Another intended victim was able to escape and report the killer to police.
CNN reported Juan David Ortiz, 35, admitted to killing 4 people between September 3 and September 15, 2018.
Ortiz is a U.S. Navy veteran and 10-year border patrol agent.
He has been charged with 4 murder charges and 1 unlawful restraint with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to Webb County District Attorney Isidro R. Alaniz.
Four bodies have been found, according to sheriff’s spokesman Eduardo Chapa, but investigators believe there may be more victims.
All 4 of the bodies found were females who allegedly worked as prostitutes.
“He was profiling certain kinds of victims,” Alaniz said, adding “the suspect was hunting for his victims.”
One woman was able to escape Ortiz’s attempted murder.
The affidavit says the woman was in a truck with a man who called himself “David,” and they started discussing a prostitute who went missing a week earlier.
Ortiz then pulled out a pistol and pointed it at her. She tried to flee the vehicle, but he grabbed her shirt to keep her there. She was able to remove her shirt and run to a gas station where there was a state trooper.
She was able to give the officer a good description of Ortiz, including tattoos.
Police caught up to Ortiz at a gas station in Laredo. He fled from police and hid in the bed of a pickup at a Ramada Inn, where he was found and arrested.
He quickly confessed to killing 4 people in the past 2 weeks. 2 of the killings allegedly happened in the 5 hours after the woman escaped, but before police found him.
“We have very strong evidence that he is the person who has been killing,” Webb County Sheriff Martin Cuellar said at a news conference.
He is currently being held on $2.5 million bond.