Juan David Ortiz: 'Serial killer' arrested after four sex workers murdered

The agent was arrested early Saturday morning in Texas

Texas police on Saturday arrested a veteran US Border Patrol agent, who is suspected of killing four women within the past two weeks and kidnapping a fifth.

"We have probable cause to believe that he is responsible for this series of murders, which I would qualify as a serial murderer", said Isidro Alaniz, Webb County district attorney. Ortiz fled from state troopers and hid in the parking lot of a Laredo hotel, where he was arrested. Alaniz says authorities consider Ortiz a serial killer.

The 35-year-old suspect, an intel supervisor for the Border Patrol, was found hiding a vehicle park in Laredo, Texas, at around 2am after he initially fled police on Saturday.

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

A senior US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) official, Andrew Meehan, said in a statement that the agency was cooperating fully with the investigators.

The four victims' names were not immediately disclosed.

Alaniz told The Associated Press that all the women worked as prostitutes.

All of these cases are related to the almost two week murder investigation of two other women who were found killed in a rural part of Webb County.

A Border Patrol truck near the Mexican border in California.

"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". They also said Ortiz is believed to have been working alone.

The Texas Department of Public Safety, whose Texas Rangers are investigating, did not return several messages seeking comment. Authorities say one woman Ortiz had abducted escaped early Saturday morning and she was able to alert authorities.

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