Authorities in Mexico say they are on the hunt for a possible American serial killer who is believed to have attacked at least three sex workers across the border in Tijuana, according to reports.
Baja California Attorney General Ricardo Carpio said at a press conference that the suspect is believed to be hiding somewhere in San Diego, California, and that investigators are working with their US counterparts to locate him, according to NBC San Diego. .
“If someone threatens the lives of our citizens, of our women, then they will have a serious problem with our justice system,” he said.
“We worked on the exchange of information between our homicide department and the strategy department of the institution. They were able to determine that this suspect targets vulnerable and lonely victims and lures them in with lies,” Carpio added.
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The identity of the suspect was not immediately clear. NBC San Diego, citing homicide investigators, reported that he is believed to be a US citizen and found his victims in strip clubs and bars in the Zona Norte area of Tijuana. At least three murders are under investigation, according to Marca, a Spanish newspaper.
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Each of the victims was found dead in a motel room and evidence suggests the suspect had sexual relations 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 carried out the necessary actions to try and identify the cases that could be related to this femicide, and we have issued an arrest warrant against said individual,” said Carpio.
“We will certainly capture it and bring it back here to Tijuana,” Carpio was reported as adding.