SAN JACINTO COUNTY – Monday marks the third day of the search for Francisco Oropesa, the man accused of murdering five people - including a child - inside a San Jacinto County home.
Oropesa, according to officials, is considered armed and dangerous.
During a news conference on Sunday, the FBI offered an $80,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.
“We do not know where he is, we do not have any tips as to where he may be,” said Special Agent in Charge of FBI Houston James Smith. “We have zero leads.”
This is a developing search and investigation. KPRC 2 will provide the latest updates below. Any news conferences that occur will be streamed in a video player at the top of this page.
May 1, 4:35 p.m.
***Update 4:35 pm***A tip was received that a Hispanic male was seen walking near Caney Creek at Crockett Martin and FM 2090 who resembled Oropesa. The wood line &surrounding areas were searched, all persons in the area were investigated, and none were found to be Oropesa.. https://t.co/NRyeZcSXTn— MCTXSheriff (@MCTXSheriff) May 1, 2023
May 1, 4:05 p.m.
KPRC 2 crews at the scene where deputies received reports about a possible sighting of Oropesa stated that law enforcement officials appeared to be clearing the area. The Conroe ISD schools that were previously placed on lockdown have also begun releasing students.
May 1, 2:50 p.m.
Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said they have received additional reports of a man, possibly matching the description of Oropesa, in the area of Crockett Martin and FM 2090. There is still no confirmation that it is Oropesa.
Due to the search, Caney Creek HS, Moorhead JH, Grangerland Int., Milam Elementary, Hope Elementary, and Creighton Elementary have secured their campuses and brought everyone indoors. All students and staff are safe. Please avoid the area and remain indoors.
May 1, 11:20 a.m.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office confirmed it received information that a man, possibly matching the description of Oropesa, was seen in the area of Highway 105 East near Security Landfill Road. Although there is no confirmation that the person spotted is Oropesa, authorities from several agencies are assisting in the search. Residents are being asked to avoid the area and remain indoors.
May 1, 11:00 a.m.
KPRC 2 Investigates has learned Oropesa had been previously deported from the United States on several occasions. According to officials with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Oropesa is a Mexican citizen who was first ordered to be removed from the United States by an immigration judge in March of 2009. ICE officials said he was deported the day after the judge’s ruling. According to ICE, Oropesa made his way back into the U.S. and was deported again in Sept. 2009. ICE officials said Oropesa was deported once again in January of 2012 after serving jail time in Montgomery County for DWI. He was deported a fourth time in July 2016. It is unknown when Oropesa made it back into the U.S. following his last deportation.