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From KXAN: Silvestre Franco-Luviano, the man accused of kidnapping a Georgetown man on Monday and wanted in connection with two murders in the Dallas-area over the weekend, has been captured in Georgetown.
As tactical teams were trying to begin negotiations with the 43-year-old suspect Tuesday evening, a fire broke out in the apartment, located in the 2100 block of North Austin Avenue, where police believed the suspect was located. Shortly after the fire broke out, Georgetown police say, Franco-Luviano tried to get away by breaking through the drywall into another apartment.
“The back side of the apartment was the first one he was in and he caught that one on fire then he kicked a hole through the wall and got into this one in the front and set that one on fire too then he ran down the stairs and that’s when they caught him on the third floor,” said neighbor Wes Brauer.
The incident then came to an end at 7:30 p.m., as Luviano was escorted by police out of the Parkview Place Apartments in handcuffs. A .45 caliber handgun was found in the apartment, but police say they are uncertain if it was the same weapon used in connection to the Dallas murders.
Brauer said there’s so much water damage from the fire, several neighbors stayed elsewhere for the night and are starting to cleanup. “My house is wrecked. I gotta go fix my house. Like they had to move stuff to get my dogs out, throw the clothes around,” Brauer said.
Bling Johnson, a witness at the apartment complex, said, “The flash bombs went off, you heard them hit the door really hard, you knew they were going in and the [window] screen comes flying out as if he was going to jump out of the third floor, so he had nowhere to go and at that point he had to know that that was it.”
Nearby Georgetown High School was placed on lockdown during the incident, as authorities searched the apartment complex for the man. Police said they received information just after 5 p.m. that he was inside one of the apartments. KXAN Viewers say they were ordered by police to stay in their homes. Georgetown police say the situation could have ended much differently.
“This is the outcome that we want. No injuries to citizens, officers or suspects so it worked out perfectly,” said Cory Tchida, Assistant Chief of Police with Georgetown Police Department. “The community that I serve has been terrified and understandably so when they start hearing about these acts that are alleged to have been committed by this suspect.”
Reports came into police Monday of an aggravated robbery and kidnapping at the Bealls department store at 1103 Rivery Boulevard in Georgetown. The victim was found around 10 a.m. unharmed at a gas station, around one mile from where he was kidnapped. Police say Luviano let the victim go at the gas station.
On Sunday night, police say Luviano shot at two vehicles in Cedar Hill, Texas at 11:03 p.m. A woman was injured in that incident. He then drove to a Texaco station near U.S. Highway 67, where police believe he shot and killed 44-year-old Welton Betts, who was pumping gas. He forced the passenger out of the car and drove away.
Luviano, who has numerous aliases, is also the suspect in a murder in Dallas prior to the incident in Cedar Hill. He allegedly opened fire on multiple vehicles near Spur 408, killing the occupant of one of the vehicles.
Georgetown police said in a statement Tuesday night, “We are pleased that Franco-Luviano was taken into custody without injury to any citizens, officers, or Franco-Luviano himself.”
Luviano was booked into the Williamson County Jail Tuesday night and moved to the Dallas County Jail on Wednesday on a murder warrant. Additional charges are pending.
The U.S. Marshals says Luviano has been deported three times and he currently has a “no status” to be in the United States.
Since 2010, Luviano has been arrested numerous times in Williamson County alone. He was charged with burglary of a vehicle, failure to display a driver’s license and possession of a controlled substance.