Authorities in Texas Offer $80k Reward For Help Finding Mexican Fugitive Who Murdered Five Neighbors

A mass murderer from Mexico is still on the run more than two days after he fatally shot five of his neighbors in San Jacinto County, Texas.

According to Fox News correspondent Bill Melugin, the gunman, Francisco Oropesa, 38, had been deported five times between 2009-2016 and was in the country illegally.

The massacre happened near the town of Cleveland, north of Houston, in an area where residents often unwind by firing off guns, according KHOU-11.

Oropesa reportedly murdered the victims—including an 9-year-old boy—execution style after they had asked him to stop firing rounds in his yard at about 11:30 p.m. Friday  night because they were trying to sleep.

“The neighbors walked over and said: ‘Hey man, can you not do that, we’ve got an infant in here trying to sleep’ or whatever,” San Jacinto County Sheriff Greg Capers told reporters. “They went back in their house and then we have a video of him walking up their driveway with his AR-15.”

The sheriff added, “all of them were headshot in an execution style.”

The sheriff said there were ten people in the house, including some who had just moved in earlier that week.

Three children were reportedly found in the house physically unharmed, but covered in blood. They were transported to the hospital. Capers said two of the murder victims were found in a bedroom laying over two children in an apparent attempt to shield them.  Two other adults were evaluated at the scene and released.

The murder victims—Sonia Argentina Guzman, 25; Diana Velazquez Alvarado, 21; Julisa Molina Rivera, 31; Jose Jonathan Casarez, 18; and Daniel Enrique Laso, 9—were all from Honduras. Texas Governor Greg Abbott referred to all five as illegal immigrants, although according to reports, at least one of them—Velazquez Alvarado—was a legal permanent resident of the United States.

Officers recovered the rifle that Oropesa allegedly used in the attack, but the FBI is still warning the public to be on guard because a dangerous madman is on the loose.

“We consider him armed and dangerous,” James Smith, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Houston-area office said. “He is out there, and he’s a threat to the community.”

Police reportedly found the fugitive’s clothes and cellphone in a forest within two miles of the search area on Saturday, but tracking dogs lost his scent.

“He could be anywhere now,” Capers said.

The FBI is offering $25,000 reward for information that leads to Oropesa’s arrest, on top of the $55,000 offered by State and local authorities, bringing the total reward to $80,000.

FBI Houston released new photos of the fugitive on Sunday.

The FBI in Houston tweeted on Sunday that over 250 law enforcement officers are currently searching for Oropeza.

Fox’s Bill Melugin reported  that he reached out to ICE Sunday morning for a comment or statement on the suspect’s immigration status, but as of Monday morning, had not received a response.

Department of Homeland Secretary Security Alejandro Mayorkas also refused to comment when asked about it on Meet The Press.




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Debra Heine is a conservative Catholic mom of six and longtime political pundit. She has written for several conservative news websites over the years, including Breitbart and PJ Media.

Photo: CLEVELAND, TX - APRIL 29: San Jacinto County Sheriff Greg Capers and Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Houston James Smith speak to the medias near the crime scene where five people, including an 8-year-old child, were killed after a shooting inside a home on April 29, 2023 in Cleveland, Texas. The alleged gunman, who is not yet in custody, used an AR-15-style rifle to shoot his neighbors which also left at least three others injured. (Photo by Go Nakamura/Getty Images)