Ortiz is a 10-year veteran of the Webb County Border Patrol. He said all of the women worked as prostitutes.
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. He fled police after the fifth woman he abducted escaped and informed authorities about her plight.
Further details were sparse.More news: Texas Education Board votes to cut Hillary Clinton’s name from student curriculum
Agent Ortiz is now in custody in the Webb County Sheriff's Office jail and stands charged with four counts of murder and a single count of aggravated kidnapping, Sheriff Cuellar stated.
The bodies of two women were found earlier in the week, and another two were found early Saturday morning. Authorities say one woman Ortiz had abducted escaped early Saturday morning and she was able to alert authorities.
Authorities didn't disclose the victims' names or nationalities and they declined to discuss the evidence or say how the women were killed - but local media outlets have linked them to at least three bodies found in the area over the last two weeks.More news: Hurricane Hunters flying into Florence as it heads for the Carolinas
A border control agent in Texas has been arrested for killing four women.
"We have probable cause to believe that he is responsible for this series of murders, which I would qualify as a serial murderer", Alaniz said. They also said Ortiz is believed to have been working alone. We spoke about how more steps need to be taken to make certain that people who want to become Border Patrol agents receive the appropriate psychological screening to ensure that no person who is capable of these type of actions is allowed to join or remain in the ranks.
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His statement added: "Our sincerest condolences go out to the victims' family and friends".