Law enforcement agencies are offering $80,000 in rewards for information leading to the arrest of Francisco Oropesa, the man who massacred five people “execution style” in a Texas home Friday night, including a nine-year-old boy.
On Sunday, San Jacinto County Sheriff Greg Capers announced a $55,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Francisco Oropesa for his role in the murder of his next-door neighbors.
Then, FBI Special Agent in Charge James Smith announced an additional $25,000 FBI reward regarding the investigation.
According to the FBI, over 250 law enforcement officers from at least a dozen agencies are now searching for the 38-year-old Oropesa.
The suspect is considered armed and dangerous. “If you see him, please DO NOT approach him,” the FBI warned, reiterating the Sherriff’s statement.
Other pictures of the suspect were published, including a prominent tattoo on Oropesa’s left forearm, after an incorrect suspect image was disseminated on FBI social media accounts on Sunday.
Investigators believe Oropesa was drinking and shooting off his rifle in his yard in the Trails End Area of Cleveland, Texas. When a neighbor asked if he could stop because they had a baby trying to sleep inside, Oropesa told him he would do what he wanted.
Around 11 p.m., San Jacinto County deputies were called to the house for a harassment complaint. While on their way, 911 calls came in about an active shooter at the location.
When the deputies arrived, four people in the house next door to Oropesa’s were found dead. According to the sheriff’s office, the victims were shot in the head “almost execution style.”
An injured nine-year-old was flown to a local hospital in a helicopter, but doctors could not save him.
A SWAT team found three other children at the scene, uninjured but covered in blood. According to the Sherriff, “The Honduran ladies laying over these children were doing it in such an effort as to protect the child.”
Ten people were inside the home at the time of the shooting.
During a Saturday afternoon news conference, authorities released the names of the murder victims. They were: Sonia Argentina Guzman, 25, Diana Velazquez Alvarado, 21, Julisa Molina Rivera, 31, Jose Jonathan Casarez, 18, and Daniel Enrique Laso, 9, presumably all members of the same Honduran family.
Video footage from the victims’ house showed Oropesa ringing the doorbell armed with a gun.
Tips or information about the whereabouts of Francisco Oropesa can be reported to the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office at 936-653-4367 or to the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI.