Cleveland, TX mass shooting: Francisco Oropesa captured, looking at 5 counts of murder and $5M bond

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Francisco Oropesa, the man accused of killing five people in San Jacinto County, was successfully captured on Tuesday evening

SAN JACINTO COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) -- The man accused of shooting and killing five of his neighbors, including a 3rd grader, in a San Jacinto County home is now in custody, according to officials.

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The arrest came shortly after officials announced an increased reward for information that led to Francisco Oropesa's arrest. The U.S. Marshals added $20,000 on Tuesday after the FBI offered $25,000, multi-county Crime Stoppers offered $5,000, and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott added $50,000 for a combined $100,000 reward.

San Jacinto County Sheriff Greg Capers said the 38-year-old was apprehended by the U.S. Marshals, Texas DPS, and the U.S. Border Patrol at about 6:15 p.m. after investigators received a tip call at about 5:15 p.m. regarding a possible location.

Oropesa was captured in Cut and Shoot, Texas, a city in Montgomery County, about 11 miles from the crime scene.

According to officials, he was found inside a home, hiding in a closet underneath a pile of laundry.

ABC13 learned Oropesa was arrested in a subdivision where he was served paperwork for a protective order against someone last year.

The search for him began on Saturday in Cleveland, Texas, after the shooting unfolded on Friday evening when neighbors asked Oropesa to stop shooting his AR-15 in his yard because a newborn was trying to sleep, authorities said.

Oropesa then allegedly stormed the neighbors' home, killing five of the 10 people inside, including a young boy, authorities said. Two of the women killed were found in a bedroom lying on top of two surviving children, authorities said.

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According to officials, the family identified the other victims as 21-year-old Diana Velasquez Alvarado, 31-year-old Obdulia Molina Rivera, Alvarado's sister, 18-year-old Josué Jonatan Cáceres, and 3rd-grader Daniel Enrique Lazo Guzmán.

According to Sheriff Greg Capers, Oropesa had been warned before to stop shooting his gun in the yard.

A woman who lives near to the shooting scene told ABC13 that on Saturday, police found a shirt and cellphone they say belong to Oropesa on her property. Following the discovery, police searched the woman's home to ensure Oropesa was not present.


"It's been very scary. No sleep. We can't go out because I'm scared of anything driving around. That something could happen," the woman said.

It was also learned as the manhunt continued that Oropesa had been deported from the United States four times, with the most recent being in 2016.

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According to Capers, Oropesa was taken to the Montgomery County Jail and transported to San Jacinto County Jail, where he will remain.

Officials said that Oropesa would be charged with five counts of murder and held on a $5 million bond.