The wife of Francisco Oropesa,38, the Texas man accused of killing five of his neighbors in “execution-style” in their Cleveland, Texas home last week has been arrested.
Divimara Lamar Nava, 53, was arrested early Wednesday morning in connection with the shooting. She was being held in the Montgomery County jail on a felony charge of hindering the apprehension or prosecution of a known felon, according to the Associated Press.
Montgomery County Sheriff Rand Henderson told the AP that Nava previously denied knowledge of Oropesa’s whereabouts, but authorities believe she hid him in the home near Conroe where he was arrested Tuesday.
San Jacinto County District Attorney Todd Dillon said at a news conference Wednesday that Nava provided Oropesa “with material aid and encouragement, food, clothes, and had arranged transport” to the house police found him in.
Oropesa was arrested in the city of Cut and Shoot Tuesday evening after four days on the run. His arrest came after a tip called into the FBI led authorities to the home about 17 miles from the site of the massacre. Oropesa was found hiding in a closet underneath a pile of laundry.
Oropesa will be charged with five counts of murder, San Jacinto County Sheriff Greg Capers said. Bond was set at $5 million.
Chief Deputy Tim Kean of the San Jacinto Sheriff’s Office said Nava is one of the several arrests that has been made in the case so far and more arrests are likely as the investigation continues.
Oropesa opened fire in his neighbor’s home last Friday killing 5 people after he was asked to shoot his gun farther away from the House because a 1-month-old baby was trying to sleep.
The victims were identified as Diana Velazquez Alvarado, 21; Julisa Molina Rivera, 31; Jose Jonathan Casarez, 18; Sonia Argentina Guzman, 25; and Daniel Enrique Laso, 9.