US Border Patrol agent arrested in Texas described as serial killer

Frederick Owens
September 16, 2018

While charges against him had not yet been filed as of late Saturday, Webb County District Attorney Isidro Alaniz said that investigators had reason to believe that it was Ortiz who killed three women and one man whose bodies were discovered near rural roads in unpopulated areas of Webb County over the past two weeks. Cops arrested him in his auto in a hotel parking lot at 2am.

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.

"The county, the city can rest assured we have the serial killer in custody", Webb County Sheriff Martin Cuellar added. Police say all his female victims were prostitutes.

Two of the victims were found earlier on Saturday and on Friday evening. The sheriff described the veteran Border Patrol agent as a "serial killer".

47-year-old Claudine Anne Luera was found on Thursday morning in the brush near Camino Colombia about half a mile east of US-83 North with head trauma. Federal prosecutors said the agent, Salvador Contreras, 50, sent child-porn images to an undercover agent whom Contreras believed was the mother of 8-year-old and 14-year-old girls.

It is unclear what evidence suggests that Ortiz is the killer of all of the women but authorities have noted similarities in each crime. The names of those victims have not been released.

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Andrew Meehan, a US Customs and Border Protection spokesperson, said in a statement to CNN that the agency is fully cooperating with investigators.

"Our sincerest condolences go out to the victims' family and friends". While it is CBP policy to not comment on the details of an ongoing investigation, criminal action by our employees is not, and will not be tolerated, ' the agency said.

"The manner in which they were killed is similar in all the cases from the evidence", said Alaniz.

Cueller thanked the Department of Public Safety, the Texas Rangers and the district attorney's office for their assistance in the investigation.

Ortiz worked as a border patrol supervisor for 10 years.

Ortiz, Chapa said, was picked up in the early hours along Interstate 35 in Laredo.

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