Fugitive accused of shooting 5 neighbors in Texas is illegal alien who has been deported multiple times, reward offered for tips leading to capture
· May 1, 2023 · NottheBee.com

Authorities are hunting for a suspect who reportedly shot 5 of his neighbors in Cleveland, Texas – including an 8-year-old boy – before fleeing.

Francisco Oropesa, 38, is a Mexican national who is living in the U.S. illegally. He has been detained and released by ICE multiple times, with the last encounter recorded in 2016. San Jacinto County Sheriff Greg Capers and FBI Houston Special agent in charge James Smith announced an $80,000 reward for tips leading to Oropesa's arrest (Caper's office number is 936-653-4367).

These are photos of Oropesa that may help identify him:

"We do not know where he is, that's why we've come up with this reward," said Smith at a press conference. "We have zero leads."

Authorities currently have a 20-mile perimeter set up, which they widened from 5 or 6 miles over the weekend, in an attempt to catch the fugitive before he leaves the area. Police found abandoned clothes in the area and tracking dogs "picked up a scent," but they later lost it in a body of water.

"He could be anywhere now," Capers said.

Biden's DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, who has been criticized by conservative lawmakers for a soft approach to border security, refused to comment on the case when asked by NBC's Chuck Todd on Sunday.

"I won't comment on it because it is an active case. The tragedy that occurred is… just absolutely horrific."

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The victims have been identified as Sonia Argentina Guzman, 25; Daniel Enrique Laso Guzman, 8; Diana Velazquez Alvarado, 21; Julisa Molina Rivera, 31; and Jose Jonathan Casarez, 18.

Oropesa allegedly shot the victims after one them asked him to stop firing off rounds outside his home just before midnight. They were all shot "from the neck up," in their home, Capers said.

Capers said there were 10 people in the house, including three children who weren't hurt — some of whom had just moved there earlier in the week — but that no one else was injured. He said two of the victims were found in a bedroom laying over two children in an apparent attempt to shield them.

2.3 million illegal aliens entered the U.S. in the first year of Biden's presidency (over 4.2 million total since January 2021). Last year, there were 1.5 million who evaded border police. Many of those captured were given bus or plane tickets to travel to other American cities. Biden has instructed the Border Patrol to not block illegal aliens attempting entry and has sued states that have tried to build border fences of their own. Hundreds of illegal aliens stream into the United States every hour of every day.

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