Texas authorities have charged Juan David Ortiz, 35, an intel supervisor for the Border Patrol with murder in the 2-week serial killings of four female sex workers. He attempted to kill a 5th who ran for her life. She found help from a state trooper at a Texas gas station.
Authorities with the Webb County District Attorney tweeted the following to the public about the arrest and charges:
The fifth woman escaped and found a state trooper which led to the arrest of now accused "serial killer," Ortiz, a 10-year Border Patrol veteran. Upon discovery, Ortiz fled but was found hiding in Laredo, inside a truck in a hotel parking lot located 145 miles (235 kilometers) southwest of San Antonio, Texas.
Authorities believe Ortiz started the killings earlier this month around September 3rd. He's accused of killing 4 women in that time. The victims' names have not been released.
Authorities say two of the women killed were American citizens. However, the nationalities of the other two victims were not yet known. They aren't sharing the manner in which the victims were killed. Nor why, but say Ortiz likely acted alone.
Representatives with U.S. Customs and Border Protection say they're fully cooperating with the investigation. Ortiz managed to stay 'under the radar' by reporting to work every day like, adhering to his normal daily schedule.
USCBP added "Our sincerest condolences go out to the victims' family and friends. 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.