He's being held on $2.5 million bond on four counts of murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and unlawful restraint. All I want is justice.
Erika Pena approached a state trooper after she said Ortiz pointed a gun at her when she tried to escape from his vehicle, according to the documents.
Pena says Ortiz prevented her from leaving his truck when they pulled up to a gas station by holding her by the shirt, which she slipped out of and managed to exit the vehicle. According to police, all of the victims had been working in prostitution. And sex workers say that the shutdown of Backpage and other sites that allowed adult ads, the new federal ban on prostitution advertising (SESTA-FOSTA), and the response to SESTA-FOSTA from digital platforms has forced them into more unsafe working conditions, including picking up customers on the streets.
Authorities said Ortiz knew the women - all believed to be sex workers - and targeted them for their vulnerability, amid fears of more deaths at his hands remaining undiscovered. She died later at a local hospital.
According to NPR, all of the women, including a transgendered woman, are believed to be prostitutes.
Ortiz is now being held on $2.5 million bond, although Alaniz said the bond option will be rescinded if evidence supports a death penalty prosecution.More news: Sneak peak into the new life of Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex
Ortiz is the second Border Patrol agent to be held for murder this year, after Ronald Anthony Burgos Aviles was held on two counts of murder in April.
Ortiz was read his Miranda Rights and then he verbally confessed to killing four people over the last two weeks, the affidavit states. "We consider this man to be a serial killer who was preying on one victim after another", said Martin Cuellar, Webb County Sheriff.
An alert was issued to officers to be on the lookout for Ortiz, Garza said.
Police found Ortiz an hour and a half later, hiding in the parking garage of a hotel.
Ramirez, 29, was his first victim, police say. He's also accused of injuring a fifth woman who escaped.
Ortiz shot her multiple times in the head and fled, police allege.More news: Kansas City McDonald's workers to join nationwide protest on sexual harassment
In a statement, a US Customers and Border Protection spokesperson said the agency is cooperating with authorities.
Authorities said he had one minor allegation on his record but nothing else that indicated worrisome behavior. He said he got the woman out of this truck and then shot her in the head multiple times, the news outlet reported.
Ortiz was defiant and uncooperative under questioning, at least at the start, Alaniz said. Ortiz asked for the handcuffs to come off, and the circumstances behind the killings began to trickle out, the district attorney said.
Ortiz told investigators they would find the body behind gravel pits located off Interstate 35, according to the affidavit.
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