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U.S. Border Patrol agent Juan David Ortiz held on $2.5 million bond for serial killing spree involving sex workers

September 16, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
U.S. Border Patrol agent Juan David Ortiz held on $2.5 million bond for serial killing spree involving sex workers Juan David Ortiz Photo: Courtesy /Webb County

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U.S. Border Patrol supervisor Juan David Ortiz held on a $2.5 million bond for serial killing spree involving sex workers

U.S. Border Patrol supervisor Juan David Ortiz, who is accused in a serial killing spree that resulted in the deaths of four prostitutes remains in custody at a Laredo, Texas jail on a $2.5 million bond.

Texas authorities announced murder charges against the 35-year-old Ortiz, a 10-year US Border Patrol veteran who worked as an intel supervisor.

Webb County District Attorney Isidro Alaniz said Ortiz was charged with four counts of murder, aggravated assault, and unlawful restraint.

Authorities said the first victim was discovered on Sept. 4 after police found the body of 29-year-old mother-of-two Melissa Ramirez.

Two of Ortiz’s alleged four victims, Melissa Ramirez, left, and mother of five Claudine Anne Luera. (Supplied)

Ortiz said he killed Ramirez a day earlier, according to an affidavit.

Ramirez was found shot in the head and left on the side of a rural road in northwest Webb County as were the other victims.

Police discovered a second woman, identified as 42-year-old Claudine Anne Luera early Thursday.

The critically wounded Luera was found shot but still alive.

She succumbed to her injuries the following day.

Ortiz picked up a woman named Erika Pena, who told cops she struggled with him inside his truck.

Although the Border Patrol agent held Pena at gunpoint, she managed to escape the from the vehicle and flee to a nearby gas station where she found a state trooper.

Ortiz told investigators that after Pena fled, he picked up his last two victims, whose identities have not yet been released by authorities, according to the affidavit,

Officers discovered Ortiz hiding in a truck at a nearby hotel parking lot around 2 a.m.

“We do consider this to be a serial killer,” Alaniz said.

Authorities said the Texas Rangers, who are heading up the investigation believe Ortiz acted alone.

Alaniz said two of the victims were U.S. citizens but the origins of the other two women were not disclosed.

All of the women were sex workers with one being a transgender woman.

The D.A. refused to disclose what evidence investigators had gathered in the case.

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

According to MySA.com, authorities were still trying to determine a motive for the killings but do believe Ortiz acted alone.

“It’s interesting that he would be observing and watching as law enforcement was looking for the killer, that he would be reporting to work every day like normal,” Alaniz said.

In a statement, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said the agency was fully cooperating with the investigation.

“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.

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