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‘Serial Killer’ Border Patrol Agent Charged With Killing 4 Women After Attempted 5th Victim Escapes

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A United States border patrol agent in Laredo, Texas, has been arrested and charged with killing four women and nearly killing a fifth who managed to escape.

Juan David Ortiz was found hiding from authorities in his truck outside of a hotel. He’s currently being held on a $2.5 million bail.

His victims are believed to be sex workers whom he lured under the guise of being a customer.

According to District Attorney Isidro Alaniz, the would-be victim, Erika Pena:

…went willingly with him and then while she was with him things started to get dangerous for her and when she tried to escape from him at a gas station that’s when she ran into a trooper. In our opinion he is the sole person responsible for this horrific serial killing spree.

Ortiz alluded to one of Pena’s friends and coworkers who had been found dead the week before. He then attempted to restrain Pena inside the vehicle.

Ortiz’s crimes are certain to stir the debate around immigration, since Donald Trump has used instances of undocumented immigrants’ crimes to characterize undocumented people as a whole. He even began his campaign by calling them murderers and rapists.

Now, people are demanding the same standard for Ortiz.

Some are pointing out that this isn’t the first Laredo border patrol agent to be arrested.

Thanks to Erika Pena’s quick thinking and courage, there is one fewer killer working for the U.S. government.

H/T: NPR, CNN

 

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Written by Evan Brechtel

Evan Brechtel is a writer and actor living in New York. A Fordham University graduate, he also writes a monthly column for Chosen Magazine and is currently working on a historical fiction novel about New York queer bars over the twentieth century.