My goodness. A serial killer working for Border patrol. He allegedly killed 4 prostitutes. And he’s a married man with 2 children. Imagine how his wife feels. They all live in the community and imagine the stares that she’ll get. Of course there will be a lot of support because clearly she didn’t know what her husband was doing, but when you’re the wife of a killer, you can expect some backlash.
Guys he shot those women in the head. What the hell? What kind of person does this? How many more did he kill?
Juan David Ortiz appeared to be living a typical suburban life in a subdivision where rows of new homes stand next to fields of desert brush.
The Navy veteran left the military nine years ago and became a Border Patrol agent, like many others in this city in deep south Texas. He and his wife were raising two children. Neighbors saw him come and go and exchanged waves.
But no one in Laredo could have imagined that Ortiz would someday be described as a serial killer. The 35-year-old is now charged with murder in the killings of four women who prosecutors say were sex workers. They were shot in the head and left on rural Texas roadsides.
As their families grieve, Ortiz is jailed on $2.5 million bond and being kept on suicide watch.
The case has shocked the border community and baffled law enforcement officials, who are trying to restore faith in Border Patrol agents and other local officers.
“We’re seeking truth, and we’re seeking justice for these victims,” Webb County District Attorney Isidro Alaniz said. “Hopefully, even though motive is not an element to the crime of murder, we will be able to try to piece together what was going on in the mind of this accused killer as to why he did it.”
A spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety said Thursday that authorities were still investigating but had no indication at this point that there are other victims.
Most people in Laredo have a friend or relative in the Border Patrol, which is responsible for monitoring the Rio Grande, the river that separates the U.S. and Mexico and winds along Laredo’s southern and western edges. Even those who oppose a border wall or the tough immigration policies of President Donald Trump’s administration often speak favorably of the agents they know.
“I couldn’t believe it,” said Colette Mireles, the sister of Claudine Luera, one of the victims.
“We were thinking of someone else, but not an agent, sadly,” Mireles told The Associated Press. “But we can’t hold the CBP accountable … for heinous acts that he committed on his own.”
Ortiz grew up in Texas and enlisted in the Navy on July 5, 2001, a little over a month after his 18th birthday. He became a combat medic and served in the Navy for about eight years, including three with the 1st Marine Division based at Twenty-Nine Palms, California.
He went directly from the military into the Border Patrol, following a well-worn path. But he also sought other jobs in law enforcement. The San Antonio Police Department approved him for a “beginning position” and a place at its academy, according to letters obtained by San Antonio television station KSAT. Two weeks before he officially left the Navy, Ortiz turned the job down.
“I have chosen to pursue a career with the Department of Homeland Security following the advice of family and friends,” Ortiz wrote in the letter.
Ortiz wrote that he was offered two incentives. He would start at a higher pay grade, and he would be able to count his eight years in the military toward the 20 years he needed to retire with benefits that include a lifetime pension.
Customs and Border Protection, the Border Patrol’s parent agency, would not comment on Ortiz’s letter or what he was promised to join. Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost this week assigned a new interim chief agent for its Laredo sector, which has seen two agents charged with murder this year.
Ortiz joined the agency in August 2009, first in the tiny town of Cotulla and then Laredo. He rose to a supervisory position while also obtaining a master’s degree in 2013 from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio.
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The first woman authorities say Ortiz killed was Melissa Ramirez, 29, who was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head on Sept. 4 in a rural part of Webb County outside Laredo. On Sept. 13, 42-year-old Claudine Ann Luera was found shot in the head and in critical condition just 2 miles from where Ramirez was discovered. She died the same day in a hospital. A fourth victim has not been identified by police.
Police say Ortiz targeted all four women because they were sex workers. He told investigators about his disdain for Laredo’s sex worker community, coldly saying he wanted “to eradicate all the prostitutes.”
In announcing the arrest of Ortiz, law enforcement authorities in Webb County, Texas, listed Enriquez as “John Doe” pending notification of relatives. The others were listed as “Jane Doe.” Later, when authorities reported “Humberto Cruz” as one of the victims, local and national media outlets reported the same name and described the victim as a transgender woman.
Webb County District Attorney Isidro R. “Chilo” Alaniz said they used “Humberto Ortiz” in naming the victim because it’s her legal name. “I can foresee documents being amended to include ‘also known as,’ ” he said.
The one that got away.
Erika Peña had known Border Patrol agent Juan David Ortiz for about four months.
Her aunt, Marcela Rodriguez, said there was nothing unusual about him, and Peña knew Ortiz was in law enforcement.
So when he picked Peña up Friday on San Bernardo Avenue and paid her to have sex with him, she didn’t think twice about it, according to Rodriguez, who said she’s talked to Peña about that night.
Investigators said Ortiz has confessed to assaulting Peña and killing four women between Sept. 3 and Sept. 15. They have been identified as Melissa Ramirez, 29, Claudine Ann Luera, 42, Humberto Ortiz, 28, and Guiselda Alicia Cantu, 35. The Department of Public Safety released Cantu’s name Wednesday. Her body was discovered about 1 a.m. Saturday near mile marker 21 on Interstate 35.
Rodriguez said she’s taken on the role of being her niece’s spokesperson. Peña lives with Rodriguez.
“Erika said he was cheerful,” Rodriguez said. “I imagine he knew how to put up a front. She’d say that he was talkative, and he would talk to her. Then when everything happened, Erika had never seen him react the way he did.”
When Juan David Ortiz took Peña to his home Friday, she brought up Melissa Ramirez, a friend of hers who was found slain Sept. 4. Ortiz appeared to become angry, Rodriguez said. Peña said she felt a “bad vibe,” got nauseous and went outside to vomit, according to her aunt.
She then convinced Ortiz to go for a ride. While stopped at a gas station about 9 p.m., Peña mentioned Ramirez again. Arrest affidavits state that Ortiz then pointed a gun at Peña in the vehicle, which was stationary. Peña managed to escape from the vehicle and sought help from a Texas trooper, who happened to be refueling at the gas station.
After investigators interviewed Peña, they issued a lookout for Ortiz and his white Dodge pickup. Two hours later, Ortiz was spotted at a gas station, according to reports. He fled on foot to a nearby hotel, where he was arrested without incident.
Ortiz now faces four counts of murder. He also has been charged with assaulting and unlawfully restraining Peña.
“This is the first time something like this has happened to her,” Rodriguez said. “I don’t know what went through her mind at that moment that made her strong enough to get through this and escape.”
Rodriguez said this is a difficult time for her family.
“It has been really difficult seeing her,” Rodriguez said. “Erika is really traumatized. … She doesn’t want to eat. She always wants someone to be with her. She doesn’t want to be alone because she’s afraid.”
Peña was friends with the four victims, Rodriguez said. She was closest to Humberto Ortiz, a transgender woman she knew as Janelle.
“We don’t know what his motive was for committing this type of horrific crime,” Rodriguez said. “No matter what these women worked in, no one deserves to end their lives this way. On behalf of Erika and all of our family, we send our condolences to all the families of the victims. Be strong. There are no words, but only God will heal them.”
Rodriguez also asked that Peña be viewed as a victim.
“I don’t want the community to see her as just a hero,” Rodriguez said. “She is also a victim that thankfully was able to escape from the situation.
Rodriguez has created a GoFundMe page to help raise funds for Peña’s psychological and medical expenses.
So he claims that he wants to eradicate the hookers from the world. But is that BEFORE OR AFTER he has sex with them? Now he’s on suicide watch. I’m happy that Erika got away.
ANOTHER post of this story that’s worth reading. More specific details about how he was apprehended and his confession.