Border agent shot 4 female sex workers in the head
HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on a Border Patrol agent accused in the killing of four women in Laredo, Texas (all times local):
UPDATE: Officials have identified three of the murder victims as Melissa Ramirez, Claudine Loera and Humberto Ortiz. A fourth victim has not been identified.
During a press conference on Monday afternoon, investigators offered their condolences to the victims' families.
A Texas prosecutor says a Border Patrol agent targeted a vulnerable community when he killed four women.
Webb County District Attorney Isidro Alaniz spoke Monday about the allegations against 35-year-old Juan David Ortiz. He's accused of fatally shooting four women and injuring a fifth who escaped.
Alaniz says Ortiz sought out a "community of people" who were vulnerable "whether it be because of alcohol, substance abuse, drug addiction or prostitution."
Alaniz noted that all of the victims were shot in the head with a handgun and taken to desolate areas around Laredo. Alaniz says Ortiz "executed" the victims in a "cold and callous way."
Alaniz said that investigators are still trying to determine a motive for the killings.
A Texas prosecutor says the Border Patrol agent charged with killing four women is a "rogue individual" whose actions don't reflect on the agency.
Webb County District Attorney Isidro Alaniz spoke during a news conference Monday about the murder charges against 35-year-old Juan David Ortiz. He's also accused of injuring a fifth woman who escaped.
Alaniz praised law enforcement for tracking and arresting Ortiz early Saturday. He says Ortiz's actions "do not reflect the work done by the men and women of Border Patrol."
U.S. Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost echoed the sentiments and said Ortiz has been placed on unpaid suspension.
Webb County sheriff's Chief Deputy Federico Garza says Ortiz wasn't on duty and wore civilian clothes during the killings.
Investigators say a Border Patrol agent accused of killing four women collected an arsenal of weapons to prepare for a confrontation with Texas police after he thought he'd been identified.
Webb County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Federico Garza released the information Monday during a news conference.
He says 35-year-old Juan David Ortiz collected numerous weapons at his home after another victim escaped and sought help from a state trooper at a nearby gas station.
Garza says Ortiz wasn't immediately identified as the suspect in the woman's kidnapping and the deaths. But he was later identified and spotted at another gas station hours later. He fled and hid in a hotel parking lot.
Garza says Ortiz "was going to try to commit suicide by cop" by brandishing his cellphone to look like a weapon. Instead, Ortiz was taken into custody this weekend in Laredo, Texas.
He's being held on $2.5 million bond on several charges, including four counts of murder.
The Navy says a Border Patrol agent accused of killing four women near the U.S.-Mexico border was in the service for almost eight years.
A biography of Juan David Ortiz released Monday says that he enlisted in the Navy in July 2001 and served until May 2009. He was listed as a hospital corpsman, second class.
He joined the Border Patrol shortly after leaving the Navy. The Border Patrol often recruits servicemembers and gives hiring preference to eligible veterans.
Authorities say the 35-year-old Ortiz "provided a voluntary verbal confession" early Saturday in the deaths of the four women. He's being held on $2.5 million bond on four counts of murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and unlawful restraint.
Authorities in Texas say a U.S. Border Patrol agent fatally shot four female sex workers in the head.
Juan David Ortiz of Laredo is being held Sunday on four murder counts, plus aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and unlawful restraint. Bond is $2.5 million.
Affidavits acquired by the Laredo Morning Times say the first body was located Sept. 4 and a second victim was found alive Thursday morning, but died at a hospital.
Affidavits say one woman escaped from Ortiz Friday night after he pulled a gun on her.
Investigators believe Ortiz picked up and fatally shot two more victims after the surviving victim fled. One body was located later Friday. The last body was found Saturday after Ortiz told officers where to look.
A South Texas Border Patrol supervisor charged in the killing of four women and a possible attempt on the life of a fifth is jailed in Laredo on a $2.5 million bond.
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. He also faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and unlawful restraint, and bond is set at $250,000 for each of those counts.
Jail records don't list an attorney to speak for Ortiz, a 35-year-old agent from Laredo. 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.
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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.
Juan David Ortiz was arrested Saturday after he was found hiding in a truck in a hotel parking lot in Laredo.
Webb County District Attorney Isidro Alaniz says he was charged with four counts of murder as well as aggravated assault and unlawful restraint.
The victims, including a transgender woman, had been murdered since Sept. 3. Alaniz says authorities consider Ortiz a serial killer.
The names of the victims have not been released, but Alaniz says two are U.S. citizens. Nationalities of the others are not yet known.