A suspect accused of killing five of his neighbors with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle in their San Jacinto County home was apprehended by law enforcement agents Tuesday, FBI officials confirmed.
The man, who has been identified as 38-year-old Francisco Oropesa, was arrested in the city of Cut and Shoot, Texas, San Jacinto County District Attorney Todd Dillon said.
He was taken into custody and has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder. His bond was set at $7.5 million -- $1.5 million for each charge.
“Between my law enforcement and also being Justice of the Peace, this is by far the worst case I am personally familiar with,” Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Randy Ellisor said.
#BREAKING San Jacinto County Sheriff Greg Capers and @FBIHouston announce that Francisco Oropesa has been CAPTURED.— FBI Houston (@FBIHouston) May 3, 2023
He was arrested this evening at around 6:45 p.m. at a home in Conroe, TX, after the #FBI received an anonymous tip with his location. #ClevelandTXshooting pic.twitter.com/9KySBs09UC
Oropesa was transported to a jail facility in Coldspring sometime Tuesday night.
San Jacinto County Sheriff Greg Capers said that the suspect was found inside a home, hiding in the closet under a pile of clothes.
Officials with the FBI said they were alerted to the suspect’s location by a caller who tipped them off at 5:15 p.m. An arrest was later made at 6:30 p.m.
The FBI reward money of $80,000 will be given to that caller, according to Sheriff Capers.
When asked if the suspect’s weapon was recovered during the arrest, a spokesperson with the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office said they could not provide comment due to the ongoing investigation.
On Tuesday, NBC News took a dive into Oropesa’s criminal history. He was reportedly arrested back in 2022 for allegedly beating his wife at their home in Cleveland, Texas.
The wife, who was not named, was said to have called the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office to report Oropesa was drunk and had physically assaulted her on June 14.
San Jacinto County’s DA said that their records showed that Oropesa had kicked his wife on her backside and in the face and mouth and that he had broken the gate outside their home before he left, deputies reported.
NBC News contributed to this report.