A US Border Patrol agent was taken into custody in Texas on Saturday morning in connection with the killings of four people and aggravated kidnapping, according to Webb County Sheriff Martin Cuellar.
"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.
Ortiz reportedly fled from state troopers before being arrested in the parking lot of a Laredo hotel.
Another woman who is suspected to have been a fifth victim is said to have escaped from Ortiz and alerted authorities to him.
The first victim was identified as 29-year-old Laredo resident Melissa Ramirez, whose body was found on September 4.
Alaniz said that after the suspect picked up the fifth woman she quickly realised that she was in danger.
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A Border Patrol truck near the Mexican border in California.
Cueller did say that authorities have "very strong evidence" to link Ortiz to the crimes, and called him a "serial killer". All five women worked as prostitutes.
"Out of respect for the victims' family and friends, we ask that deference and due process be given to the investigation so that all the facts are brought to light and they can receive the closure they deserve".
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. Cuellar said investigators believe heacted alone.
"We have probable cause to believe that he is responsible for this series of murders, which I would qualify as a serial murder", District Attorney Isidro Alaniz told reporters. But the spokesperson referred all other questions to authorities in Webb County and the Texas Department of Public Safety.
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