Juan David Ortiz

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Juan David Ortiz
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Webb County Sheriff's Office mugshot
Juan David Ortiz
Known forSuspected serial killer
Home townLaredo, Texas[1]
Criminal statusArrested
Span of crimes
September 3, 2018–September 15, 2018
CountryUnited States
Location(s)Webb County
Date apprehended
September 15, 2018

Juan David Ortiz is an American border patrol agent and suspected serial killer.[2] He is accused of killing four women, all sex workers, in September 2018. He was caught and arrested after a woman escaped and alerted police.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Ortiz was a member of the United States Border Patrol for ten years,[2] where he worked as an intelligence operator.[3] He is also a United States Navy veteran.[3] He had no reported disciplinary issues while he served.[4] He was married and had one child.[5] He earned a bachelor's degree from American Military University and a master's degree from St. Mary's University in Texas.[5]

The Sheriff's Chief Deputy said Ortiz planned to commit suicide by cop, stocking up on weapons and trying to goad police with his phone when arrested.[4] In the hours before his arrest, he posted two goodbyes to people he knew on Facebook.[4]


On September 15, 2018, a woman who knew Ortiz and a sex worker named Melissa Ramirez, who had disappeared while allegedly in Ortiz's company, got into his vehicle according to reports.[1] After talking to Ortiz about her friend, Ortiz allegedly pulled out a firearm and tore off her shirt. The women escaped by jumping out of the truck and then found a state trooper nearby refuelling their car, to whom the victim reported the incident. At 2:30 a.m. the next day Ortiz was arrested by Texas police in a hotel parking lot where he was allegedly hiding.[1]


Ortiz has confessed to and is suspected of the following homicides:[6]

Melissa Ramirez, 29, killed on 3 September 2018
Claudine Anne Luera, 42, killed on 13 September 2018
Griselda Alicia Hernandez Cantu, 35, killed on 15 September 2018
Humberto " Janelle" Enriquez Ortiz, 28, killed on 15 September 2018

He is also suspected of kidnapping a woman.

The five victims were sex workers, all women, one transgender.[3] Ortiz confessed after his arrest that he had started killing on September 3 and that he personally knew the first two victims.[3] He allegedly killed the other two on the morning of September 15 in the five hours between the assault on the escaped woman and his capture.[1]

Ortiz confessed to picking up a mother of two named Melissa Ramirez on September 3. She was 29 years old. After driving down a rural county road in Webb County, two miles outside the city, Ramirez got out of the vehicle to urinate, when Ortiz says he shot her multiple times.[1] Her body was discovered the next day.[7]

Ten days later, Ortiz allegedly picked up 42-year-old Claudine Anne Luera, a mother of five.[7] After she confronted him about the disappearance of her friend Ramirez, she got out of his vehicle when he shot her in the head. She was found alive and died hours later in the hospital.[1]

The last two victims were found on a five-mile stretch of Highway 35. Ortiz confessed to investigators that he took them in two trips from Laredo and killed them in similar manners. He led police to the site of the crime.[1] Unlike Ramirez and Luera, he had no prior contact with these victims.[7]


Ortiz has been charged by the Webb County court with four counts of murder and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon,[7] and was later indicted on one count of capital murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, unlawful restraint and evading arrest.[8] Ortiz has confessed to the four murders and fifth attempted murder to investigators,[9] and allegedly has led investigators to one of the bodies. During interviews with investigators, Ortiz reportedly expressed a hatred of prostitutes.[5] Investigators have stated that they have not ruled out the possibility that Ortiz had additional victims.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Horton, Alex (16 September 2018). "A woman's daring escape from a Border Patrol agent helped reveal a 'serial killer,' police say". The Washington Post. MSN News. Retrieved 16 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "US 'serial killer' border agent arrested in Texas". BBC News. 16 September 2018. Retrieved 16 September 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d Hart, Benjamin (16 September 2018). "Border Patrol Officer Suspected of Killing Four Women in Texas". Daily Intelligencer. Retrieved 16 September 2018.
  4. ^ a b c Silva, Daniella (17 September 2018). "Border Patrol agent accused of serial killings wanted to 'commit suicide by cop,' officials say". NBC News. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  5. ^ a b c Jervis, Rick (17 September 2018). "Border Patrol 'killer' agent befriended prostitutes before killing them". USA Today. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  6. ^ a b McLaughlin, Eliott C. (18 September 2018). "Investigators are not confident they've found all Border Patrol agent's victims". CNN. Retrieved 19 September 2018.
  7. ^ a b c d "Border Patrol agent jailed on $2.5M bond in killings of 4 women in Texas". CBS News. 16 September 2018. Retrieved 16 September 2018.
  8. ^ Silva, Daniella (5 December 2018). "Border Patrol agent Juan David Ortiz indicted on capital murder charge in deaths of four women". NBC News. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  9. ^ Stelloh, Tim (17 September 2018). "Border Patrol agent confesses to killing 4 sex workers in two-week spree". NBC News. Retrieved 18 September 2018.

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