The gunman accused of fatally shooting five Texas neighbors after they filed a noise complaint against him has finally been caught after four days on the run, an official says.
Francisco Oropesa, 38, was arrested in the town of Cut and Shoot, Texas, on Tuesday according to San Jacinto County District Attorney Todd Dillon.
A law enforcement officer in Montgomery County, Texas also confirmed the arrest to KHOU.
The FBI has announced a press conference for Tuesday night where they are expected to officially confirm the arrest.
The suspect had been on the run since the horrific attack in Cleveland, Texas, on Friday night, and hours earlier authorities had intensified their search near the Mexican border.
In total, five victims: Sonia Argentina Guzmán, Daniel Enrique Laso-Guzmán, Diana Velázquez Alvarado, Julisa Molina Rivera and José Jonathan Casarez, died in the shooting that began when the family who lives next door asked Oropesa if he could stop shooting. her gun because her baby was trying to sleep.
Survivors said they called police multiple times before the shooting occurred, drawing criticism of the initial response time from local authorities.
The youngest victim, nine-year-old Daniel, was a friend of Oropesa’s son, who is around the same age, according to new reports.
Oropesa, reportedly an undocumented immigrant from Mexico according to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s office, had been detained and removed from the US multiple times, according to an unidentified source within Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE, U.S.A.
According to the source, Oropesa, whose full name is Francisco Oropesa Pérez-Torres, was first removed by an immigration judge in March 2009.
Oropesa re-entered the United States, but was expelled again in September 2009, January 2012 and July 2016, according to the report.
The Honduran Foreign Ministry has said that the bodies of the Honduran citizens killed in the shooting will be repatriated to the country.
“The Government of Honduras deeply regrets the loss of these valuable lives and accompanies all their loved ones in their pain,” the statement said.
“We demand that the pertinent authorities arrest the perpetrator of this terrible act and apply the full weight of the law.”