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USA border agent charged in 2-week killing spree

16 September 2018

Ortiz, Cuellar said, spent 10 years as an agent with the US Border Patrol.

A US Border Patrol agent has been arrested on suspicion of killing four women in two weeks and kidnapping a fifth. He says all the women worked as prostitutes.

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

Further details were sparse. It's also not clear exactly when and where the crimes took place.

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The Texas Rangers in collaboration with the Webb County Sheriff's Office are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found in the same vicinity where the body of another victim was found a week ago.

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

Juan David Oritz has been charged over the murder of three women.

The third and fourth were found in the same area this weekend. The sheriff described the veteran Border Patrol agent as a "serial killer". Cuellar said investigators believe Ortiz acted alone.

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On Thursday, 42-year-old Claudine Anne Luera was found fatally wounded off a roadway not far from where the previous body was found. Paramedics rushed the woman to a local hospital in critical condition. The names of the victims were not immediately released.

In a statement, Andrew Meehan, assistant commissioner for public affairs for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said his agency's Office of Professional Responsibility, the U.S. Border Patrol and the Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General are fully cooperating with all investigators.

"We want to reassure the citizens of Laredo that the community and your families are safe", the Laredo Police Department said in a statement on Saturday afternoon, according to the Houston Chronicle.

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USA border agent charged in 2-week killing spree