Sheriff: Border Patrol agent suspected of killing 4 women


Sheriff Cuellar told reporters that Agent Ortiz is a 10-year veteran supervisor of the Border Patrol. Police say all four women were prostitutes.

Juan David Ortiz, an intel supervisor for the Border Patrol, was arrested Saturday morning after he was found hiding in a hotel parking lot in Laredo. Authorities say one woman Ortiz had abducted escaped early Saturday morning and she was able to alert authorities.

Further details were sparse.

Webb County Sheriff Martin Cuellar said police believed Mr Ortiz had acted alone. It's also not clear exactly when and where the crimes took place.

The district attorney's office intends to charge Ortiz with four counts of murder and one count of aggravated kidnapping.

The site where the victim was found is about a mile away from where Laredo's previous homicide victim was found about a week prior. We have agreed to work together on the hiring and professionalism of border patrol agents.

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Three bodies have been found in the northwest area of the county this month, and Cuellar said authorities are investigating whether there may be a fourth body.

The second victim, 42-year-old Claudine Anne Luera, was located alive along Texas Highway 255 near mile marker 436.

Investigators in the latest death case in Laredo have revealed the name of the victim.

We want to reassure the citizens of Laredo that the community and your families are safe. That information belongs to the corresponding agencies who are handling the information and will make a more in depth release at the appropriate time.

In a statement, Andrew Meehan, assistant commissioner for public affairs for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said his agency's Office of Professional Responsibility, the U.S. Border Patrol and the Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General are fully cooperating with all investigators.