A U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officer was arrested on Saturday and will be charged in the deaths of four women in Texas and the abduction of a fifth. Sheriffs, DPS, LPD and Texas Rangers assisted and about 30 min later Ortiz was found on the 3rd floor of the Hotel behind the bed of a pick up truck.
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.
Alaniz said investigators were still trying to determine a motive for the killings, and all the women in the case are linked to the sex trade. Deputies detained the agent following a two-week murder investigation following the discovery of the bodies of two women the agent is accused of killing, KGNS reported on Saturday.
Authorities didn't disclose the victims' names or nationalities but said they may have been prostitutes.
Alaniz told The Associated Press that all the women worked as prostitutes.
Ortiz, Cuellar said, spent 10 years as an agent with the US Border Patrol.
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All of these cases are related to the almost two week murder investigation of two other women who were found killed in a rural part of Webb County.
Alaniz said his office plans to charge Ortiz with four counts of murder and one count of aggravated kidnapping. Cuellar said investigators believe heacted alone.
"We feel that our efforts have gathered strong evidence against this killer".
While it was not agency policy to comment on the details of an ongoing investigation, Meehan said, criminal conduct by CBP employees is not and will not be tolerated.
"Our sincerest condolences go out to the victims' family and friends". But the spokesperson referred all other questions to authorities in Webb County and the Texas Department of Public Safety.