Border Patrol agent went on 2-week killing spree


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Webb County District Attorney Isidro Alaniz is describing Ortiz as a "serial killer".

A South Texas Border Patrol supervisor charged in the killing of four women and a possible attempt on the life of a fifth is jailed in Laredo on a $2.5 million bond.

"The city can rest assured we have the serial killer in custody", Webb County Sheriff Martin Cuellar told The Laredo Morning Times. Police were alerted to a third body Saturday morning and then a fourth around noon on Saturday along I-35 outside Laredo.

Alaniz told The Texas Tribune that after the suspect picked up the fifth woman she quickly realized that she was in danger.

He has admitted the slayings to cops, the paper reported, citing a police affidavit. He was found just after 1 a gas station near San Bernardo Avenue and Jefferson Street, but fled on foot when approached by state troopers, according to the affidavit.

"The manner in which they were killed is similar in all the cases from the evidence", he said, but declined to say how they were killed.

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At least two were USA citizens; the nationalities of the others were not known, he said.

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Border Patrol was arrested and charged with four counts of murder, aggravated assault and unlawful restraint, Webb County, Texas officials announced Saturday.

"Laredo's not the sleepy town that we all grew up in", Alaniz said.

The sheriff's office said all four bodies have been found, and no other victims are expected. Investigators say Ortiz is believed to have been acting alone.

"Our sincerest condolences go out to the victims' family and friends", Meehan added. Two of the four killings took place in the hours after the woman was able to escape but before police tracked him down, according to the affidavit. "It meets the qualifications or definition of being a serial killer - in this case we have four people murdered".

The Texas Rangers, along with the Webb County Sheriff's office, launched an investigation after Melissa Ramirez, 29, a mother of two, was found slain September 4.

Detectives asked him to do "the right thing", Alaniz said.