A U.S. Border Patrol agent was arrested Saturday on suspicion of killing four prostitutes and attempting to kidnap another victim.
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.
Ortiz was arrested after a fifth woman he kidnapped escaped his clutches half clothed and reported him to police. Ortiz was charged with four murder charges and one unlawful restraint with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to Webb County District Attorney Isidro R. "Chilo" Alaniz. He was being held on a $2.5 million bond at Webb County Jail in Laredo, Texas. Ortiz told investigators that he picked up an unknown woman whom the document identifies only as "Jane Doe".
She said Ortiz eventually ripped her shirt off, allowing her to break free and run to a police vehicle that happened to be nearby, according to the affidavit.
She pulled off her shirt and ran to a nearby gas station, where she found a state trooper. He was arrested early Saturday when investigators found him hiding in a truck in a hotel parking lot in Laredo, about 145 miles (230 kilometers) southwest of San Antonio.
The victims were shot in the head, according to the affidavit.
The mother-of-five died at a hospital later that day. Authorities said they believe Ortiz acted alone.
Alaniz said the dead are believed to have been prostitutes and that one was a transgender woman.
"It's super unfortunate and tragic", Alaniz said.
According to the affidavit, after Pena escaped Ortiz's vehicle at the gas station, he went on to kill two more people that same evening.
Jail records don't list an attorney to speak for Ortiz, who had worked for Border Patrol for 10 years. Alaniz said two of them were US citizens but the nationalities of the other two were not yet known. In a statement, Customs and Border Protection said it was cooperating with investigators.
The Texas Rangers and the Webb County Sheriff's Office are investigating the murders, authorities said.
While it was not agency policy to comment on the details of an ongoing investigation, Meehan said, criminal conduct by CBP employees is not, and will not be, tolerated.
The document stated a similar sequence of events for the September 13 murder of Claudine Ann Luera and the September 15 murder of a woman identified as "Jane Doe".