Juan David Ortiz: 'Serial killer' arrested after four sex workers murdered

Customers & Border Patrol

Customers & Border Patrol

Texas authorities have charged a U.S. Border Patrol supervisor with murdering four female sex workers during a two-week killing spree that ended when a fifth woman escaped from him and found help.

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

The agent, Juan David Ortiz, was captured after a woman whom he tried to abduct escaped, Webb County District Attorney Isidro Alaniz said at a news conference.

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.

Alaniz said investigators are still trying to determine a motive for the killings. Nationalities of the others are not yet known. Alaniz also said the male victim was believed to be a prostitute.

The Texas Rangers in collaboration with the Webb County Sheriff's Office are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found in the same vicinity where the body of another victim was found a week ago. He says all the women worked as prostitutes.

Sheriff Cuellar told reporters that Agent Ortiz is a 10-year veteran supervisor of the Border Patrol.

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.

"I extend my condolences to the families of the victims during this hard time". Cuellar said investigators believe Ortiz acted alone. Authorities say one woman Ortiz had abducted escaped early Saturday morning and she was able to alert authorities. "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.