Border Patrol agent went on 2-week killing spree

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"We have probable cause to believe that he is responsible for this series of murders, which I would qualify as a serial murderer", said Isidro Alaniz, Webb County district attorney.

Ortiz fled and was found hiding in a truck in a hotel parking lot in Laredo, about 235 kilometres southwest of San Antonio.

A woman allegedly abducted by Juan David Ortiz had been able to escape and alert officers, according to local media reports. "Our community is safe from this killer", Webb County Sheriff Martin Cuellar said in a statement, adding that Ortiz would be formally charged later on Saturday.

Alaniz would not specify how the victims were killed but said the "methods and means" of the slayings were similar. He said authorities are still trying to pinpoint a motive for the killings, but that all of the women worked as prostitutes.

Authorities didn't immediately disclose the victims' names or nationalities. Police say all four women were prostitutes.

Andrew Meehan, a US Customs and Border Protection spokesperson, said in a statement to CNN that the agency is fully cooperating with investigators.

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The site where the victim was found is about a mile away from where Laredo's previous homicide victim was found about a week prior.

Ortiz, Cuellar said, spent 10 years as an agent with the US Border Patrol.

Alaniz said his office plans to charge Ortiz with four counts of murder and one count of aggravated kidnapping.

"We feel that our efforts have gathered strong evidence against this killer". Authorities believe he acted alone.

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. But the spokesperson referred all other questions to authorities in Webb County and the Texas Department of Public Safety.

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