USA border agent charged in 2-week killing spree

Lester Mason
September 19, 2018

He was charged with four murders and one attempted kidnapping. Alaniz noted that the killer seem to carefully chose his next prey, going after certain types.

Ortiz was charged with four murder charges and one unlawful restraint with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to Webb County District Attorney Isidro R. "Chilo" Alaniz.

He was jailed on US$2.5 million bond.

"We do consider this to be a serial killer", Alaniz said.

The last body was found Saturday after Ortiz told officers where to look.

". She went willingly with him and then while she was with him things started to get unsafe for her and when she tried to escape from him at a gas station that's when she ran into a trooper", Alaniz told The Texas Tribune.

Nine days later, Thursday, a second victim, Claudine Anne Luera, 29, was found wounded in the same area where Ramirez was found dead.

The bodies of two them were discovered earlier this month along Interstate 35 in rural northwest Webb County, according to reports. She had been shot multiple times in the head, according to the affidavit.

"David grabbed her shirt to prevent her from exiting the vehicle". A motive for the killings was not determined.

She was a mother-of-two.


Cuellar said investigators believe Ortiz acted alone.

Investigators believe Juan David Ortiz, 35, killed four women since September 3. She was taken to a local hospital where she later died.

The names of the victims have not been released, but Alaniz says two are US citizens. Ortiz told investigators that he picked up an unknown woman whom the document identifies only as "Jane Doe".

Affidavits say one woman escaped from Ortiz Friday night after he pulled a gun on her.

Texas Rangers and investigators with the sheriff's department went to Ortiz's home and searched it, but Ortiz was not home. He fled, and she found a state trooper fueling up nearby. He fled the scene on foot and ran to a Ramada Inn, where he was found hiding in the bed of a pickup truck, Alaniz said.

He is alleged to have carried out the killings within the past two weeks.

"We have very strong evidence that he is the person who has been killing", Sheriff Cuellar said at a press conference posted on CNN affiliate KGNS's Facebook page.

Alaniz described how the Customs and Border Patrol intel supervisor continued going to work as usual throughout the time. She screamed for help and tried to fight him off, police said.

Ayala has lived in the South Texas city her entire life, and said she didn't expect something like the serial murders to happen there.

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