Pena wrested herself from his grasp by pulling off her top and running shirtless to State Trooper Francisco Hernandez, who was fueling up at the gas station. Ortiz fled from police who found him cowering inside a truck in the parking lot outside a local hotel in the city about 145 miles southwest of San Antonio.
According to jail records, Ortiz stands charged with four counts of murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, unlawful restraint: expose to serious bodily injury and evading detention. "Fortunately, he's now been apprehended". Deputies detained the agent following a two-week murder investigation following the discovery of the bodies of two women the agent is accused of killing, KGNS reported on Saturday.
Authorities didn't immediately disclose the victims' names or nationalities.
The names of the victims were not released but Alaniz says two are US citizens. He is suspected of killing four women and kidnapping a fifth woman who alerted authorities after she escaped.More news: Where you can get free food on ‘National Cheeseburger Day’
Investigators believe Ortiz picked up and fatally shot two more victims after the surviving victim fled.
A second victim, 42-year-old Claudine Anne Luera, was found shot and left on the road on Thursday morning, badly injured but still alive, according to the affidavit.
A United States border patrol agent who authorities called "serial killer" has confessed to four murders after his arrest.
"The arrest of the border patrol agent who has allegedly committed multiple murders could not have happened without the hard work and expertise of the Texas Rangers, the Webb County Sheriff's Office, the Webb County District Attorney's Office, and Laredo Police Department". She died at a hospital later in the day, according to the affidavit.More news: North Korea agrees to shut down missile test sites at key summit
"Evidence points to him having knowledge and contacts within the [sex worker] community", Alaniz said, including Melissa Ramirez, the first woman Ortiz said he killed.
Andrew Meehan, a US Customs and Border Protection spokesperson, said in a statement to CNN that the agency is fully cooperating with investigators.
He declined to discuss the evidence or say how the women were killed.
Oritz has been placed on indefinite unpaid suspension, US Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost told reporters. CBP says in a statement that while it is the agency's policy not to comment on an ongoing investigation, "criminal activity by our employees is not, and will not be tolerated". "Out of respect for the victims' family and friends, we ask that deference and due process be given to the investigation so that all the facts are brought to light and they can receive the closure they deserve".More news: 1.7 million chickens drown as North Carolina rivers swollen by Florence