A U.S. Border Patrol agent suspected of killing four women was arrested early today after a fifth woman who had been abducted managed to escape from him and notify authorities, law enforcement officials said, describing the agent as a "serial killer".
Ortiz faces four murder charges and one count of aggravated kidnapping.
Ortiz reportedly fled from state troopers before being arrested in the parking lot of a Laredo hotel.
Mr Alaniz said the cause of death was similar in each case.
Authorities didn't disclose the victims' names or nationalities but said they may have been prostitutes. The Webb County Sheriff's dispatched deputies to a location in another part of the on Saturday morning where they found the body of a third female victim.
Having just spoken with Webb County Sheriff Martin Cuellar, there is no doubt in my mind that the heroic efforts of these four agencies have saved lives; they are to be commended. Deputies recovered the body of a fourth woman shortly after noon on Saturday, the report states.
The sheriff added that the suspect, who has worked for Border Patrol for a decade, would be charged later on Saturday. That information belongs to the corresponding agencies who are handling the information and will make a more in depth release at the appropriate time.
A Border Patrol truck near the Mexican border in California.
As a member of the House Appropriations subcommittee for Homeland Security, I will be asking my colleagues to help me secure additional resources to address the above issues.
He said that authorities believe Ortiz had killed all four women since September 3. However, this is the second instance this year involving a Border Patrol agent killing someone in Laredo.
"Our sincerest condolences go out to the victims' family and friends".