The man is suspected of a mass shooting A shooting near the Texas city of Cleveland last week that killed five people — including a 9-year-old boy — has been captured after an extensive manhunt, authorities said.
After a multi-day searchFrancisco Oropesa, 38, was arrested around 7 p.m. local time at a home in Cut and Shot, Texas, following a tip from the public, Montgomery County Sheriff Greg Capers confirmed at a news conference Tuesday evening.
“They caught him hiding in a closet under some laundry,” Capers said.
He was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on five counts of murder, Capers said, and was being held on $5 million bail. He will be transferred to the San Jacinto County Jail in Coldspring, Capers added.
The FBI, Border Patrol and U.S. Marshals were involved in the arrest, the San Jacinto County District Attorney’s Office told CBS News.
Jimmy Paul, the FBI’s assistant special agent in charge of the Houston division, told reporters that the suspect was found thanks to a tip from the public.
“We are very happy that a citizen had the guts and courage to call this tip,” Paul said.
Authorities have not disclosed whether the home where Arapesa was found belonged to the suspect’s friends or family.
Capers previously said the suspect shot his neighbors Friday night after they asked him to stop shooting in their backyard.
The terrorist attack took place near the city of Cleveland, which is located north of Houston. Cut and Shoot is located about 17 miles west of Cleveland.
Capers previously reported that the victims ranged in age from 9 to 31, and that they were all from Honduras. All were shot “from the neck up,” he said. They were identified as Sonia Guzman, 28; Diana Velazquez, 21; Abdulya Malina, 31; Jonathan Caceres, 18, and Daniel Enrique Lazo, 9.
A total of 10 people were in the house during the shooting, the other five were not injured. Three children were found covered in blood inside the home, but were unharmed, Capers said.
Police on Saturday recovered the AR-15 rifle Oropesa is believed to have used in the shooting, Capers said earlier. Investigators also found clothing and a cell phone believed to belong to the suspect.
A citizen of Mexico, Arapesa was removed by a US immigration judge deported by ICE agents in Houston in 2009. After re-entering the country, he was detained and deported several times over the next seven years, CBS News has learned. Oropesa had a previous conviction in Montgomery County for driving under the influence and was sentenced to prison for that offense.
Capers also confirmed Tuesday night that a warrant was issued for Arapeza last year after his wife filed for a protective order against him.
“As far as I know, we have a warrant out for him,” Capers said. “The constable went to serve him in another county because he moved out of here and was never able to contact the subject. And then, a few days later, the victim went to the San Jacinto County District Attorney’s Office and filed a plea of not guilty.