Border Patrol agent charged with murdering 4 women

The agent was arrested early Saturday morning in Texas

The Texas Rangers, along with the Webb County Sheriff's office, launched an investigation after Melissa Ramirez, 29, a mother of two, was found slain September 4.

Juan David Ortiz was captured after a woman he's accused of abducting had escaped, Webb County District Attorney Isidro Alaniz said at a news conference.

"We do consider this to be a serial killer", Alaniz said.

He's suspected of killing four women and abducting a fifth.

Alaniz said the case broke Friday when a woman was reportedly kidnapped and escaped.

Alaniz said officials will be looking at "potentially four charges of murder and aggravated kidnapping".

According to the District Attorney all of the women were prostitutes who were allegedly picked up by Ortiz. The names of those victims have not been released.

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A fifth person, a female who was the victim in the alleged kidnapping, was able to escape and contacted authorities, providing a description of the suspect - including a vehicle, a white Dodge truck, authorities said.

Mr Alaniz said the cause of death was similar in each case. He declined to say how they were killed. Authorities are still trying to determine a motive for the killings. Cuellar said investigators believe heacted alone.

Cuellar said his department has "very strong evidence" to believe Ortiz killed the women, who he said were sex workers.

We have agreed to work together on the hiring and professionalism of border patrol agents.

In a statement, Andrew Meehan, assistant commissioner for public affairs for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said his agency is fully cooperating with all investigators.

"Our sincerest condolences go out to the victims' family and friends. While it is CBP policy to not comment on the details of an ongoing investigation, criminal action by our employees is not, and will not be tolerated", the agency said.

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