A U.S. Border Patrol Agent has been arrested on suspicion of killing four women and abducting a fifth, as of September 15. Juan David Ortiz was arrested on Saturday morning, according to the Associated Press.
Authorities were reportedly led to Ortiz after a woman escaped from him during an attempted kidnapping. All of the women connected to Ortiz were prostitutes, according to the district attorney for Laredo, Texas.
Here’s what you need to know.
Ortiz Has Confessed to Four Homicides in What Is Being Described as a ‘Serial Murder’ Case
According to the Webb County Sheriff’s Office, Ortiz has confessed to four homicides as of Saturday afternoon. He has been charged with four murder charges as well as a kidnapping charge, according to KGNS.
For now, officials say that they have no reason to believe there are any other bodies that are yet to be discovered. They also say it appears Ortiz acted alone in his killings, and that no one else is a suspect in the investigation.
Ortiz Was a 10-Year Supervisor of the U.S. Border Patrol
Ortiz was a 10-year veteran of the U.S. Border Patrol at the time of his arrest. He was a part of the Highway Interdiction team, whose role was to “observe vehicles traveling on IH-35 with the goal of intercepting vehicles engaged in narcotics trafficking, human trafficking, etc.,” according to the documents as seen above.
Prior to his work with Border Patrol, Ortiz served in the Navy from 2001-2009. He received a Bachelor’s Degree from American Military University during that time, and later earned a Master’s Degree from St. Mary’s University.
All of the Women Who Were Murdered or Abducted by Ortiz Were Prostitutes
Officials say that all five of the women involved in this case were prostitutes that were “picked up” by Ortiz, though it’s unclear whether he was on or off duty during the time of these pickups.
The four bodies of the women, and their subsequent connection to Ortiz, were slowly connected in the wake of a two week murder investigation that took place when authorities found two bodies buried in a rural part of Webb County, TX. Though it’s unclear how they were able to find the bodies of the other two women, KGNS reports that officials found a third body in Webb County early Saturday morning, and the fourth body was discovered at noon, north of Laredo.