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Suspect Identified as Border Patrol Agent in Serial Murder Case

Suspect Identified as Border Patrol Agent in Serial Murder Case

A US Border Patrol agent has been arrested on suspicion of killing four women in two weeks and kidnapping a fifth.

Juan David Ortiz, 35, an intelligence supervisor for the Border Patrol, was charged with four counts of murder as well as aggravated assault and unlawful restraint, Webb County District Attorney Isidro Alaniz said in a tweet.

Image: Ortiz was arrested by police in the Texas city of Laredo.

But both Alaniz and Cuellar declined to discuss the evidence or say how the women were killed.

Alaniz would not specify how the victims were killed but said the "methods and means" of the slayings were similar.

The names of the victims were not released but Alaniz says two are US citizens. Alaniz said two of them were US citizens but the nationalities of the other two were not yet known. Police say all four women were prostitutes. Authorities believe he acted alone. More disturbing, one-third of all sex worker deaths are due to murder by serial killers, according to a 2006 study.

Andrew Meehan, a US Customs and Border Protection spokesperson, said in a statement to CNN that the agency is fully cooperating with investigators.

Ortiz was a 10-year veteran of the Border Patrol.

Two of the victims were found earlier on Saturday and on Friday evening.

"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".

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.

He referred questions about the investigation to authorities in Webb County and to the Texas Department of Public Safety, whose Texas Rangers are also investigating.