The wife of Francisco Oropesa, the man accused of killing five of his neighbors in their Texas home, was arrested along with several other people, authorities said Wednesday morning.
Deputy Chief Tim Kean of the San Jacinto Sheriff’s Office announced during a press conference that several arrests had been made. He also said Oropesa’s bail was expected to be set at $5 million on Wednesday.
Kean did not identify those arrested or say how many people were detained in connection with the case, but said there were fewer than five.
Oropesa’s wife was among those arrested in connection with the shooting. Divimara Lamar Nava, 53, was listed in custody at the Montgomery County Jail after being arrested just before 3 a.m.
Montgomery County Sheriff Rand Henderson separately confirmed his arrest to The Associated Presssaying he previously denied any knowledge of Oropeza’s whereabouts, but authorities believe he hid him at the home near Conroe where he was arrested Tuesday.
Speaking outside the jail Wednesday morning, Kean said more arrests are likely, saying «others depend on what’s happening right now.»
He said Oroposa’s demeanor was «calm» and that he «is probably in this jail right now having a hot breakfast.»
Oropesa, 38, was arrested in the city of Corta y Dispara on Tuesday night, ending a four-day manhunt.
A tip led authorities to a home less than 20 miles from the site of Friday’s shooting in Cleveland, Texas, and they found him hiding in a closet under his clothes, authorities said Tuesday night.
There was no major confrontation during his arrest, Kean said, but there was «a simple little burst of resistance» before he was arrested. There were no injuries.
He said Oropesa is not believed to have been hiding in the house where he was found during the four days. Authorities have not revealed his career path.
Speaking about the house where he was found, Kean said: «I think he thought he was in a safe place.»
Kean also said that officials may have the weapon used in the mass shooting, pending ballistics tests for confirmation.
San Jacinto County Sheriff Greg Capers said Tuesday the suspect will be charged with five counts of murder in connection with the shooting Friday that killed five people, including a 9-year-old boy, after a neighbor asked him to stop firing his rifle. because a baby was trying to sleep, authorities said.