US border guards accused of murder "after two weeks of rampage"

US border guards accused of murder "after two weeks of rampage"

A US border patrol was charged with murdering four women in a two-week "serial killings" that ended when a fifth woman escaped.

Juan David Ortiz, 35, was arrested on Saturday after hiding in a truck in a hotel car park in Laredo, south Texas.

He served as a customs and border guard supervisor for ten years, and investigators are still trying to find a motive for the killings.

"We consider this a serial killer," said Webb district attorney Isidro Alaniz.

The authorities believe Ortiz has killed all four victims since 3 September.

Texas Rangers began investigations after the body of the mother of two Melissa Ramirez, 29, was found in Laredo near a junction with Highway 255, according to a report in the Laredo morning times,

The second casualty, 42-year-old Claudine Anne Luera, was injured on Thursday morning on the same highway, seriously injured, and died the same day at the hospital.

Police officers recovered the bodies of the third and fourth victims along Interstate 35 in rural northwest Webb County over the weekend.

"The way they were killed is similar in all cases," Alaniz said.

"It's interesting that he watched and watched the law enforcement look for the killer, that he would come to work everyday as usual.

"He is, in our opinion, the only person responsible for this terrible serial murder."

According to local media reports, the victims died from a bullet wound on their heads.

Ortiz picked up another woman, but she realized she was in danger and tried to get away, Mr. Alaniz said the Texas Tribune,

"When she tried to get away from him at a gas station, she ran into a state trooper," he said.

The troopers confronted Ortiz on Saturday at 2 am, but he ran into a nearby hotel in the center of Laredo and was later found in a truck in the parking lot.

"We believe that our efforts have provided strong evidence against this killer," Webb County Sheriff Martin Cuellar said in a statement. "Our community is safe from this murderer, my condolences to the families of the four victims who have been murdered in the last two weeks."

He was charged with murder in four cases, as well as grievous bodily harm and unlawful restraint.

The US Customs and Border Guard made a statement stating that it fully cooperated in the investigation.

"Our sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of the victims," ​​said Andrew Meehan, Deputy Commissioner for Public Affairs.

"While the CBP policy is not to comment on the details of an ongoing investigation, our employees' criminal actions are not and will not be tolerated."

Additional reporting from Reuters and Associated Press

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