A U.S. Border Patrol agent has been arrested in Texas in connection with the murders of four women. According to CNN, authorities were able to apprehend the suspect, 35-year-old Juan David Ortiz, after a woman narrowly escaped becoming his next victim.
Over the past two weeks, four bodies were found in Webb County, Texas. One of the victims was a transgender woman, and all were sex workers. All of the victims had been shot in the head, authorities said.
On Friday, a woman approached a state trooper and said that she had been in a truck with a man named David when he pulled a pistol on her. She tried to escape, but he grabbed her shirt. She was able to get out of the shirt and run to a nearby gas station, where she found the state trooper.
The woman also helped put authorities on Ortiz’s tail by providing a detailed description of the suspect. Police found him at a gas station in Laredo, Texas, and pursued him to a Ramada Inn, where he was discovered hiding in the bed of a truck.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Webb County, Ortiz has confessed to killing four people this month. Authorities have not ruled out the possibility of additional victims, CNN reports.
“We have very strong evidence that he is the person that’s been killing,” Webb County Sheriff Martin Cuellar said at a news conference, according to NBC News.
Ortiz has been working for U.S. Customs and Border Protection for 10 years, and he is also a Navy veteran. He is facing four murder charges and one unlawful restraint with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. For more on the story, watch the video below.