Authorities in Mexico say they are on the hunt for a possible American serial killer believed to have attacked at least three sex workers just across the border in Tijuana, reports have said.
Baja California Attorney General Ricardo Carpio said at a news conference that the suspect is believed to be hiding somewhere in San Diego, California, and that investigators are working with their U.S. counterparts to track him down, according to NBC San Diego.
“If someone threatens the lives of our citizens, our women, they will have a serious problem with our justice system,” he was quoted as saying.
“Work has been underway to share information between our homicide squad and the institution’s strategy department. They could see this suspect attacking vulnerable, lonely victims and luring them with lies,” Carpio added.
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The identity of the suspect was not immediately clear. NBC San Diego, citing homicide detectives, reported he is believed to be a US citizen and found his victims in strip clubs and bars in Tijuana’s Zona Norte area. At least three murders are under investigation, according to the Spanish newspaper Marca.
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Each of the victims was found dead in a motel room, and evidence suggests the suspect had sex with the women before beating and killing them, NBC San Diego reported, citing people familiar with the investigation.
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“We have also taken the necessary steps to try to identify cases that may be connected to this murder of a woman and we have issued an arrest warrant for that person,” Carpio said.
“Without a doubt we will catch him and bring him back here to Tijuana,” Carpio reportedly added.