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Sunday, September 16, 2018

BP Agent gives details of the murders he is charged with, has a 2.5M bond

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat republished from LMT online
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When they stopped at a gas station, she began talking about first victim Melissa Ramirez. Ortiz told investigators that he pulled out a pistol and pointed it at her. They struggled inside his truck and she ran out.  He picked up two more people and killed both….

A 10-year Border Patrol agent accused of killing four people and trying to kill a fifth in less than two weeks was arrested early Saturday after he ran from Texas troopers who confronted him at a gas station in the central part of this border city.

Juan David Ortiz, 35, was behind bars in Webb County Jail, charged with four counts of first-degree murder, one count of aggravated assault and one count of unlawful restraint.

He was found hiding in the parking garage of a hotel just off Interstate 35 about 2 a.m., officers said. He was arrested without incident.

“The county, the city can rest assured we have the serial killer in custody,” Webb County Sheriff Martin Cuellar said at an impromptu news conference.

Melissa's ashes;“I hurt a lot, says her mother. All I want is justice. I want that guy to die in jail for taking the life of my daughter,” she said, seated in the living room of an aging mobile home under a metal shade.
According to affidavits released late Saturday, the woman he is alleged to have kidnapped and tried to kill escaped Friday night and helped authorities find Ortiz.

All four victims were found in the same general rural area near U.S. 83 in the northwest part of Webb County. All four were shot in the head; one was a transgender woman. District Attorney Isidro Alaniz said all had worked as prostitutes.

The first victim was Melissa Ramirez, 29, the mother of two. Her body was found Sept. 4 in the 300 block of Jefferies Road near the intersection of Texas 255, also known as Camino Colombia Road. An affidavit stated that Ortiz said he killed her Sept. 3.

The second victim was Claudine Anne Luera, 42.

A mother of five, she was found barely alive at about 7 a.m. Thursday near mile marker 436 of Texas 255, about a half-mile east of U.S. 83. She died at a hospital later that day.

Friday, the affidavit stated, Ortiz picked up Erika Peña.

When they stopped at a gas station, she began talking about first victim Melissa Ramirez. Ortiz told investigators that he pulled out a pistol and pointed it at her. They struggled inside his truck and she ran out, making it to another gas station where she found a Department of Public Safety trooper and asked for help.

After Ortiz was in custody, he gave investigators a statement detailing the shootings, the affidavit said.

After Peña ran away, Ortiz told investigators, he picked up two people whose names weren’t released — the affidavit identified them as “Jane Doe” and transgender Humberto Ortiz, image on bottom left, He killed both.

He picked up Jane Doe on San Bernardo Avenue, drove out of the city limits and told her to get out of the car at the Webb County Interchange Overpass, at mile marker 20 on I-35. He shot her multiple times in the head and left her body there, the affidavit stated.

Ortiz then picked up Humberto Ortiz, also on San Bernardo Avenue, and again left the city limits, stopping near mile marker 15 on I-35. The affidavit said he told the man to get out of his truck, shot him once in the back of his head, and left his body behind the gravel pits at the mile marker.

Jane Doe’s body was found Friday night; the body of Humberto Ortiz was found after Ortiz told officers where to look, the affidavit said.

In a statement, Andrew Meehan, assistant commissioner for public affairs for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said his agency’s Office of Professional Responsibility, the U.S. Border Patrol and the Homeland Security Department’s Office of the Inspector General were fully cooperating with all investigators.
Erika Peña says Ortiz took her to his home pictured above-
“Our sincerest condolences go out to the victims’ family and friends. While it is CBP policy to not comment on the details of an ongoing investigation, criminal action by our employees is not, and will not be tolerated,” Meehan said.

He referred questions about the investigation to authorities in Webb County and to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Ramirez’s mother, Maria Cristina Benavides, said her daughter, a native Laredoan, had been caught up in drugs. Benavides had custody of her daughter’s two children, a 7-year-old girl and a 3-year-old boy, at the family home in Rio Bravo, and her daughter stayed with them several days a week.

“She was always smiling,” Benavides said. “She loved her children and when she was here, she took good care of them.”

Luera’s sister, Colette Mireles, said she also had been addicted to drugs and had been living on the streets for the past five years. Family members had custody of her five children.

“She was a happy-go-lucky person growing up,” Mireles said, adding that her older sister had a “contagious laugh,” and always was free-spirited.

“Sadly, she was an addict,” Mireles said. “Her life took another turn.”

This year three other agents have been arrested

At least three other Border Patrol agents have been arrested in Laredo this year.

In April, Border Patrol agent David Villarreal, 32, was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a woman, tampering with physical evidence and official oppression. An arrest affidavit alleged that he threatened to deport the woman if she did not have sex with him. He told Laredo police that the sex was consensual, the affidavit stated. He said the woman had become “affectionate” toward him.

Villarreal remains on suspension without pay, the Border Patrol said.

On April 9, supervisory Border Patrol agent Ronald Anthony Burgos-Aviles, 29, was accused of killing his alleged 27-year-old lover and the couple’s 1-year-old child.

Police initially said the bodies of a woman and child were found in the brush by Bristol Road and Allen Drive, near Father Charles McNaboe Park, on April 9.

The Border Patrol agent who reported that he had found the woman’s body, Burgos-Aviles, later was found to have known her and was identified as the main suspect, authorities said.

He was indicted on two counts of capital murder June 27. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Burgos-Aviles has been suspended indefinitely without pay.

 Also in April, agent Luis Enrique Aranda, 24, was arrested in the pawning of his government-issued night vision equipment after he reported it as stolen to his supervisors.

He was served with an arrest warrant in Eagle Pass, charging him with state jail felony theft, punishable by up to two years behind bars and a $10,000 fine.

District Attorney Alaniz noted Saturday that “Laredo is not the sleepy town that we all grew up in.”

“This is the type of crime consistent with bigger cities,” he said. “Laredo is a big city. We are seeing more and more serious crimes. It can happen. People need to be careful. We need to look out for each other, report suspicious vehicles and suspicious behaviors.” ---end---

More: According to the affidavit, Ortiz became nervous when two other victims spoke to him about Melissa

According to the affidavit, Pena said Ortiz had picked her up on San Bernardo Avenue and took her to his home in the San Isidro Ranch subdivision. Pena said that when she mentioned Ramirez's murder the week before, Ortiz "began to act weird," according to the affidavit.

When the two went to a nearby gas station, they began talking again about Ramirez's murder when Ortiz pulled a black pistol on Pena and pointed it at her, according to the affidavit. When she tried to get out of the pickup truck, Ortiz grabbed her shirt — but Pena was able to pull it off and run away, fleeing toward a state trooper who was refueling his patrol vehicle nearby, according to the affidavit.

Luera was found Sept. 13 shot and left on the side of a road, but still alive. She died at a hospital later in the day, according to the affidavit. Ortiz reportedly told police that after picking up Luera on San Bernardo Avenue, they drove outside the city limits to FM 255, east of U.S. Highway 83 North.

Ortiz stated that he pulled over after Luera "became nervous" and began accusing Ortiz of being the last person seen with Ramirez. When Luera got out of the vehicle, according to the affidavit, Ortiz also exited and used a handgun to shoot Luera multiple times in the head before leaving the area. A truck driver later found Luera's body, and she was transported to a local hospital where she died.

The district attorney said they "do consider this a serial killer."

"It meets the qualifications or definition of being a serial killer," Alaniz said on Saturday. "In this case, we have four people that have been murdered."

"The county and city can rest assured that we have a serial killer in custody,".


  1. Seems like BP needs to get a better system of weeding out the nutcases that apply for that dept. Numbers seem to be higher than other agencies...

  2. Chivis.... find out about la pioja killed in jocotepect jalisco. Kinda weird he is from cali watsonville. The guy look like a normal peeps simple life but he got wacked in jocotepect jalisco. Thanks


    2. Whos la pioja,who does he work for??

    3. Watsonville Cali? Picture??

  3. Who is el mandril. A man just arrested in or near mazatlan. What "orginized" crime group is he from?

    1. Worked for blo then jumped to cds when h2 got killed...

  4. Chivis, I am afraid of asking you out for a stroll,
    But happy mexican independence days.

  5. He is going to Tweet for the Mexicans building the wall to move it a few kilometers north.

  6. Por andar de caliente.

  7. Chivis do you know the adress of the home pictured as his home.That looks like my neighborhood?

    1. The house is on BUR OAK, 2nd house from BUR OAK/CHISOS intersection, Laredo

    2. Omg he lived 2 blocks from me I saw him walking very now and then .Thx for info

    3. 337 you lived a few blocks, why your one lucky guy, he could have chopped your head off.

  8. The rampant epedemic of crime in Mexico, is now hitting the US Border Patrol. They get paid very well,Ortiz had a nice looking home, how many more broken arrows are coming into view.

    1. I doubt it has anything to do with being paid well, or with crime in Mexico. This sick puta decided to kill women he didn't think would be missed. Probably just because. And if crime trickles across the border, the drug addicts demanding their fix are to be blamed. If the us wasn't demanding the commodites, there'd be less action.

  9. Seems very Grand Theft Auto-esc. What a sick son of a bitch.


  10. Chivas I love you

    Mini sicario 007

  11. polygraph obviously not working
    it only weeds out the honest applicants


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