US Border Patrol agent charged in two-week killing spree

A patch on the uniform of a U.S. Border Patrol agent at a highway checkpoint in Maine

A patch on the uniform of a U.S. Border Patrol agent at a highway checkpoint in Maine

Authorities said that nearly had no doubt that Ortiz was behind the gruesome acts, with Webb County Sheriff Martin Cuelllar stating that police are in possession of "very strong evidence" implicating Ortiz.

He said investigators had "very strong evidence" that Mr Ortiz was behind the killings.

The county's district attorney, Isidro Alaniz, says authorities were led to Ortiz after a woman he tried to kidnap escaped from him.

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A woman claiming to be another victim of the agent's alleged attacks escaped from Ortiz and contacted law enforcement.

Andrew Meehan, a spokesman for Customs and Border Protection, said the government is fully cooperating with local Texas authorities. Authorities are still trying to determine a motive for the killings. Alaniz said two of them were US citizens but the nationalities of the other two were not yet known.

Texas authorities have arrested a Border Patrol agent they say is responsible for a string of recent murders in southern Texas. We have agreed to work together on the hiring and professionalism of border patrol agents. Numerous allegations stemmed from on-duty cases involving people the employees had apprehended. But 10 of the 52 allegations were found to have merit and were substantiated or sustained. However, this is the second instance this year involving a Border Patrol agent killing someone in Laredo. He was quick to assert that the allegations against Ortiz were not reflective of the Border Patrol as a whole. "It could have been a P.D. It could have been a state trooper".

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He told The Texas Tribune that after Ortiz picked up the fifth woman she quickly realised she was in danger. "Usually, these guys have some issues that no amount of training would have addressed".

Sex workers face serious threats of violence from both clients and law enforcement officers. Police have not released the identities of those victims, nor any details on how they were killed other than to say that heat deaths occurred in a manner consistent with the slayings of Ramirez and Luera.

The National Border Patrol Council, a union for border patrol agents, did not respond Saturday evening to a request for comment.

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