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Suspect Of Killing 5 Neighbors In Texas Arrested After Manhunt



Francisco Oropesa

Law enforcement agents on Tuesday arrested the man believed to be the shooter in the killing of five of his neighbors with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle in their Texas home, according to multiple reports.

Francisco Oropesa, 38, was arrested in the city of Cut and Shoot, Texas, San Jacinto County District Attorney Todd Dillon said.

Oropesa has been taken to the Montgomery County Jail and is charged with first-degree murder, Dillon added.

The arrest brings an end to the sprawling search that involved more than 250 law enforcement officers, the FBI and a reward of $80,000 for information.

The FBI said it was planning a news conference Tuesday evening about the case.

The arrest comes four days after the Friday night carnage in which Oropesa went to the home in the Trails End area in Cleveland, about 45 miles north of Houston, and opened fire, the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office said.

Oropesa allegedly opened fire on neighbors after one complained that shots coming from his adjacent property were keeping an infant from sleeping, officials have said.

The victims, all believed to be from Honduras, have been identified as: 9-year-old Daniel Enrique Laso; Sonia Argentina Guzman, 25; Diana Velazquez Alvarado, 21; Julisa Molina Rivera, 31; and Jose Jonathan Casarez, 18.