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Border Patrol Agent Who Confessed Killing Four People Remains Jailed on $2.5 Million Bond

The charges against Juan David Ortiz could be upgraded to capital murder

This image provided by the Webb County Sheriff’s Office shows Juan David Ortiz, a U.S. Border Patrol supervisor who was jailed Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, on a $2.5 million bond in Texas, accused in the killing of at least four women. Ortiz was nabbed early Saturday after a string of violence against female sex workers in Laredo, Texas, where he is a supervisor with the Border Patrol.
This image provided by the Webb County Sheriff’s Office shows Juan David Ortiz, a U.S. Border Patrol supervisor who was jailed Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, on a $2.5 million bond in Texas, accused in the killing of at least four women. Ortiz was nabbed early Saturday after a string of violence against female sex workers in Laredo, Texas, where he is a supervisor with the Border Patrol.

Border Patrol agent Juan David Ortiz, 35, remained in jail on Monday on a $2.5 million bond for the murder of four people.

Authorities with the Webb County Sheriff’s Office said Ortiz knew his four victims through the sex work or drug use communities in Laredo and had met some of them multiple times.

Webb County District Attorney Isidro Alaniz noted it’s not clear what motivated him to kill them. “We are seeking to put the pieces together to figure out why and how come he targeted this certain community within Laredo,” Alaniz said.

Ortiz has confessed to shooting his four victims – three women and a man – over the last two weeks.

He was arrested after a fifth potential victim – a woman – was able to escape from him and alert police.

The charges against Ortiz could be upgraded to capital murder.

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