Sources: Mass Shooting Suspect in Texas Accused of Killing Five Neighbors Arrested ‘Without Incident’

The Texas mass shooting suspect accused of killing five neighbors in Cleveland, Texas, including an 8-year-old child, was taken into custody Tuesday. Multiple sources said 38-year-old Francisco Oropesa was arrested in the Cleveland area by the Border Patrol Tactical Unit. 

Oropesa is accused of murdering these five neighbors before midnight, April 29, after one of his neighbors asked him to stop firing a rifle in his yard so that a baby could sleep. According to the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office, following the conversation, Oropesa allegedly entered the neighbor’s home and killed five of the ten people inside. 

Oropesa, who is a Mexican national, is an undocumented immigrant, previously deported at least four times, according to a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Source. 

The deceased victims were identified as Daniel Enrique Laso Guzman, age 9, Jose Jonathan Casarez, 18, Sonia Argentina Guzman, 25, Julisa Molina Rivera, 31, and Diana Velazquez Alvarado, 21. On Sunday evening, the FBI said that over 250 law enforcement officers from several agencies were searching for Oropesa. 

Oropesa was convicted previously of driving while intoxicated in January of 2021 and was sentenced to jail time, according to police records. 

An immigration judge first removed the suspect in March 2009. “At an unknown time and location, Perez-Torres unlawfully reentered the United States and was apprehended and removed several more times by ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations in September 2009, January 2012, and July 2016,” according to a source. 

Oropesa’s immigration status remains unclear

While Oropesa’s current immigration status remains unclear, how long he has been in the U.S. since he was last deported is also unknown. On Tuesday, the suspected mass shooter was captured and arrested in Cut and Shoot, Texas, which ended the manhunt on its fourth day. 

It comes shortly after officials upped the reward amount for information that led to Oropesa’s arrest. The FBI offered $20,000, multi-county Crime Stoppers offered $5,000, and the Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, added $50,000 for a combined $100,000 reward. Before the arrest, the FBI said it had “zero leads” on where Oropesa could be. 

All five victims are believed to have been from Honduras; however, investigators do not believe all people at the home were single family members. When Governor Greg Abbott announced the award for information leading to Oropesa’s capture, he referred to him and the five victims as “illegal immigrants.” Still, police have yet to confirm the victims’ immigration status.