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US Border Patrol Agent Labeled ‘Serial Killer’ After Being Arrested In 4 Deaths In Texas: Report

A US Border Patrol agent who authorities are calling a “serial killer” was arrested Saturday in the deaths of four people after a would-be fifth victim narrowly escaped harm and alerted a police officer, CNN reports.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Webb County, Texas, Juan David Ortiz, 35, confessed to killing four people between September 3 and September 15.

Ortiz was charged with four murder charges and one unlawful restraint with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to CNN.

The bodies of four victims were found over the past two weeks, sheriff’s spokesman Eduardo Chapa told the network. Chapa said investigators are not ruling out the possibility of more victims. An affidavit originally described the victims as three women and one man but the sheriff’s office later said that the victim identified as male was a transgender woman.

The victims were shot in the head, according to the affidavit. All of the victims worked as prostitutes, authorities told CNN.

“He was profiling certain kinds of victims,” Webb County District Attorney Isidro R. Alaniz said, adding “the suspect was hunting for his victims.”

The prosecutor says he feels comfortable describing Ortiz as a serial killer.

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