Texas authorities have charged a U.S. Border Patrol supervisor in the killing of four female sex workers and an attack on a fifth who escaped and found help.
The county's district attorney, Isidro Alaniz, described Ortiz as a serial killer.
Webb County Sheriff Martin Cuellar said during a news conference that the agent, identified as Juan David Ortiz, was arrested Saturday, according to multiple reports. He said all the women worked as prostitutes and investigators were trying to find a motive for the killings.
"We have probable cause to believe that he is responsible for this series of murders, which I would qualify as a serial murderer", Alaniz said, according to The Morning Times.
Juan David Ortiz, a 35-year-old intel supervisor with the Border Patrol, is charged with four counts of murder for the string of killings that began on September 3.
Ortiz was a 10-year veteran of the Border Patrol. The fourth appeared to be a transgender woman, but authorities referred to her as John Doe.
Webb County jail records show Juan David Ortiz is being held Sunday on four counts of murder, with bond set at $500,000 per charge.
Investigators discovered two more bodies, one on Friday and one on Saturday in a remote area along Interstate Route 35. A fifth woman escaped from Ortiz at a gas station, where she ran to a state trooper.
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"As law enforcement was looking for the killer ... he would be reporting to work every day like normal", he said.
A Border Patrol truck near the Mexican border in California.
The names of the victims were not released but Alaniz says two are US citizens.
The victims were shot in the head, according to an affidavit. A spokesperson for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Andrew Meehan, told CNN that the agency is doing everything it can to cooperate with the investigation.
"It's not a big city like San Antonio, Houston, where you see that a lot", she said. Luera was rushed to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead from her injury. They believe Ortiz acted alone.
The federal agency issued a statement offering its "sincerest condolences" to the victims' families and saying criminal activity by its employees is not tolerated.
Detectives asked him to do "the right thing", Alaniz said.