Serial Killer Texas
Juan David Ortiz, 35, has just been arrested in Texas and the authorities are calling him a serial killer. Ortiz who is a supervisor for the U.S. Border Patrol was found hiding in a truck in the parking lot of the Laredo hotel, in Laredo, Texas, after a police pursuit.
He is charged with four counts of murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and unlawful restraint after killing four women and kidnapping another, over a span of nearly two weeks, Webb County jail records showed.
It was the Webb County investigators that stated Ortiz was “a serial killer.”
Over the last couple of weeks, law enforcement has been investigating the deaths of several women in south Texas who have been found shot in the head and left on the side of the road.
Melissa Ramirez, 29, body was found on Sept. 4, Claudine Anne Luera, 42, was found Sept. 14, and the other two women who were found Sept. 15. They have not been identified. While authorities were looking for whomever was doing the killings, Ortiz continued to go to work. Then on Sept. 15, Erica Pena was kidnapped, but managed to escape. She went to the police and although nothing has been released at this time, she was probably the one that led the police to Ortiz.
Ortiz, a Navy veteran, confessed to police, after he was arrested. He told them how he “lured his victims and then shot them in the head,” Texas authorities told The Daily Beast.
Webb County District Attorney Isidro Alaniz told The Daily Beast on Sunday;
“These women had been working on the boulevards. He was picking them up and taking them out to rural areas, and executing them with a handgun,” Webb County District Attorney Isidro Alaniz told the Daily Beast. “All of them were shot in the head or face, leaving their bodies right there.”
Ortiz was in charge of patrolling I-35, which makes me wonder if there is not other victims. Ortiz has been working for the border patrol since 2009.
One case, that is still unsolved is Janette Escamille Jaramillo, 33. Her body was found underneath a skate ramp near West Guerrero Street and McDonnell avenue on April 20, 2016. She was strangled to death and there is no suspects.
In Court documents, Ortiz saved a 4-year-old child who was being trafficked.