Juan David Ortiz — a “supervisory agent” with the U.S. Border Patrol in Southern Texas is accused of killing four women and kidnapping a fifth.
According to Webb County Sheriff Martin Cuellar, there is “very strong evidence” that Ortiz murdered four sex workers. A fifth woman he abducted escaped. The Associated Press reported Saturday that Ortiz was finally apprehended in a parking lot in Laredo, Texas — roughly a two-hour drive from San Antonio — after fleeing from state troopers pursuing him. He is expected to be charged with four counts of murder and one count of aggravated kidnapping.
Local authorities didn’t specify a reason for the killings, and simply described Juan David Ortiz as a serial killer. There were also no details immediately given as to how the four women died. The investigation is being handled by the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Webb County Sheriff’s Department, according to the AP.
Juan David Ortiz isn’t the only federal agent to be accused of committing violent crimes. John Jacobs Olivas — a former Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent — was arrested last month for allegedly sexually assaulting two women in 2012. Olivas is accused of convincing one of the women after allegedly raping her that she shouldn’t report the assault, since he was a federal law enforcement officer. And in June, ICE agent Billy Brickett was arrested for assaulting another driver in an apparent road rage incident.
Neither U.S. Customs and Border Protection nor the U.S. Border Patrol offered any immediate comment following Ortiz’s arrest. None of Ortiz’s victims have been identified as of this writing.
Jake Shepherd is a freelance writer from Cleveland, Ohio. He enjoys poring through financial disclosure statements, spirited debate, and good scotch. He remains eternally optimistic about the Browns. Email him at jake.d.shepherd.21 (at) hotmail (dot) com.