Police suspect Guillermo Franco, who initially was identified by police as Silvestre Franco-Luviano, killed two men in the Dallas area late Sunday before kidnapping a landscape worker Monday in Georgetown.

Franco, who federal authorities said had been deported three times, was arrested at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Park View apartments in Georgetown.

He had been sought in the shooting deaths late Sunday of Ruben Moreno in his car in southeastern Dallas and of Welton Betts at a gas station in the Dallas suburb of Cedar Hill.

Dallas police had issued a murder warrant for Franco in the Moreno killing, and Dallas police spokeswoman Melinda Gutierrez said he was suspected in the Betts death.

Police were notified that Franco was in Georgetown Monday after he reportedly robbed and kidnapped a man doing landscaping work on Rivery Boulevard. The victim was later found unharmed at a 7-Eleven store at 2995 Williams Drive, about 1.4 miles from where he was attacked, police said.

The vehicle from the Cedar Hill case was recovered in the 300 block of Hedgewood Drive in Georgetown on Monday.

A tip led Georgetown police about 5 p.m. Tuesday to an apartment where relatives of Franco live, Nero said.

Franco was in the apartment alone when he set a fire and then broke down a wall to slip into an adjacent, evacuated apartment. As he tried to escape on foot from that apartment members of a SWAT team tackled him and arrested him, Nero said.

Franco was not armed but a gun was found in the apartment where he was staying.

The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, Georgetown Police Department, Central Texas Regional SWAT Team, Round Rock Police Department, and the Williamson County sheriff’s office all participated in the arrest, police said.


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