Killer Captured in Texas

Killer Captured in Texas

Moira Sisco

     On September 15 Juan David Ortiz, 35, was arrested in Laredo, Texas for the murders of four women. He confessed to all murders after being found hiding out in the parking garage of Hotel Ava, also in Laredo. Before he was apprehended at 2:35 am, Ortiz allegedly tried to pull out his phone and make police believe he had a gun.

    In the days leading up to his arrest, Juan Ortiz shot and killed Melissa Ramirez,29, Claudine Anne Luera,42, Ricky Janelle Oritz,28, and Griselda Alicia Hernandez,35; leaving them all to die on the sides of roads. There would have been a fifth victim, but Erika Pena was able to escape the killer’s grasp; immediately alerting a gas station nearby of what happened. Ortiz was able to pick up his third and fourth victims within three hours of her escape.

    Ortiz acted alone in these crimes and soon will face trial. He worked as a border patrol agent for 10 years. Police are unsure of why he began killing, but are relieved they have a serial killer off the streets.