Law enforcement arrested Francisco Oropesa, 38, after a manhunt involving more than 250 officers that began on Friday. A man is accused of killing five neighbors, including an 8-year-old boy.
San Jacinto County District Attorney Todd Dillon said Tuesday that the man was arrested in the Texas town of Cut and Shoot. He is being held at the Montgomery County Jail on first-degree murder charges.
There is an $80,000 reward for information leading to Oropesa’s arrest.
He was hiding behind a pile of laundry
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said Oropesa was arrested around 7 p.m. Tuesday. He was captured in an apartment building and hiding under a pile of laundry, said Greg Capers, sheriff of San Jacinto County, where the massacre took place.
“He is behind bars and will be behind bars for the rest of his life for killing these five people,” Capers said.
The perpetrator used an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, and his act was in response to a request from neighbors to stop shooting in their yard because they can’t put babies to sleep. He replied that he was on his property and “he can do whatever he wants”.
– I said: This is your property, but could you please move on or stop. Then he started insulting us and we told him we were calling the police,” Wilson Garcia, a family member who was attacked by the Mexican, told NBS News.
Authorities said four adult victims were pronounced dead at the scene, while an 8-year-old died in hospital. Three other children were saved by two women who covered them with their bodies, and they also died from bullets.
250 officers were looking for him
The FBI explained that law enforcement had reviewed “hundreds of pieces of information from around the world” and a photo of Oropes and the amount of the reward appeared on digital billboards in the Houston area. It was planned to distribute billboards with the image of the murderer throughout the country. About 250 different types of officers were looking for the perpetrator.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott said on Sunday that the attacker had been deported four times from USA and returned to Texas illegally.
Many agencies helped in the search for Oropes, including the FBI, the US Marshals Service dealing with, among others, ensuring the security of federal courthouses, judges and other court employees, apprehending offenders, supervising prisoners, and the Texas Ranger.
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