Saturday, September 15, 2018

Juan David Ortiz, A U.S. Border Patrol Intel Supervisor In Laredo Facing Charges For Killing 4 Prostitutes And Attempting To Kill Another

Ortiz was taken into custody by Texas State Troopers at the Hotel Ava parking lot structure and later confessed to the murders.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

September 15, 2018

Laredo, Texas - On Saturday, Juan David Ortiz, 35, a 10 year veteran with the U.S. Border Patrol in the Laredo sector is facing 4 felony murder counts and one count for aggravated kidnapping involving four deceased women including a transgender female, according to the Webb County Sheriff's Office (WCSO). Ortiz is an intel supervisor with the U.S. Border Patrol and is a former U.S. Marine veteran and has a Masters degree.
The WCSO says a two week investigation led to the discovery of 2 female bodies in a rural Webb County location and one female body was located on Friday night and another female body was found around noon on Saturday along Highway I-35 near mile marker 14 north of Laredo.
Authorities were tipped off about the serial killer after a fifth female victim escaped from the killer on Friday and identified Border Patrol Agent Ortiz as the suspected killer. Webb County District Attorney Isidro Alaniz confirmed that Ortiz was taken into custody by Texas State Troopers at 2:00 a.m. on Saturday at the Hotel Ava parking lot in the 800 block of Garden St. without incident.
According to investigators, all the women that Ortiz targeted were prostitutes. Webb County Sheriff Martin Cuellar says that a joint team effort by the Webb County Sheriff's Office, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Texas Rangers and the Webb County District Attorney's Office were involved in the serial homicides investigation.
Two of the female victims have been identified as Melissa Ramirez, 29, of Laredo who was found deceased on September 4 at the 300 block of Jefferies Road near the intersection of Camino Colombia and Claudine Anne Luera, 42, whose body was found near mile marker of 436 on Texas Highway 255. Luera was found barely alive and was transported to a local hospital where she later died.
Both women apparently died from head trauma, according to authorities. The two other deceased women have not been identified.

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