Police Capture Shooting Spree Suspect

Sylvester Franco-Luviano  (Photo courtesy Williams County Jail)

Sylvester Franco-Luviano
(Photo courtesy Williams County Jail)


Shortly after 7:30 this evening, we were notified by the US Marshal’s office that Silvestre Franco-Luviano was taken into custody in Georgetown, Texas. We breathed a deep sigh of relief knowing that the person we believe to be responsible for a string of violent offenses in our community and in Dallas on Sunday evening is now off the street.
We want to thank our partners at the US Marshal’s North Texas Fugitive Task Force, the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, the Dallas Police Department, and the Dallas Sheriff’s Office for their assistance. However, our work is far from over.
Detectives from the Cedar Hill and Dallas Police Departments are on their way to Georgetown. The process of extradition back to Dallas County will be a part of the next steps as will the continual processing of physical evidence, and case preparation.
We have contacted the victims and families of our offenses to let them know of this capture and they too are relieved that he has been caught. Our hearts continue to hurt for the Betts family and the other victims as their lives are forever changed. We hope this helps them as they begin the process of grieving and rebuilding their lives.
We take great pride in serving this community and we greatly appreciate the support and confidence they have shown in us to keep Cedar Hill safe.
We also want to thank our media partners for their patience and for their diligence in helping us catch this suspect.

DUNCANVILLE, TX – A string of crimes began Sunday night in Dallas County when 33-year-old Ruben Moreno was found shot dead in a Hummer off of Spur 408 near the Grady Niblo Road overpass in Dallas.
Several witnesses reported their vehicles being shot. Two witnesses stated that they followed the shooter for a short distance before losing him.
The crime spree continued to the next shooting that occurred at a Texaco gas station on U.S. 67 and Cooper Street in Cedar Hill at about midnight. Reports state that the police believe Sylvester Franco-Luviano drove up next to 44-year-old Welton Betts as he pumped gas and fatally shot him. Mr. Bett’s wife was forced out of the vehicle at gunpoint and Franco-Luviano stole the couple’s car. It was recovered a short distance away. Ms. Bett was grazed by the bullets and taken to a nearby hospital with minor injuries.
Shortly after that, police say Franco-Luviano broke into a home in the 800 block of Ash Lane and stole the resident’s 2014 silver four-door Lexus, with license plate number DPG6380. No one was injured at that location.
On Monday morning authorities were said to be searching for Franco-Luviano in Shreveport, Louisiana. The search turned up nothing but on Monday afternoon, Police in Georgetown reported that the grey Lexus which was stolen from a Cedar Hill home was found abandoned in the area. Police in Georgetown have also named Franco-Luviano a person of interest in an aggravated robbery and kidnapping that occurred later in the day Monday. Police have confirmed that the victim was released unharmed.
The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force which is leading the investigation believes that Franco-Luviano is still in Central Texas as of Tuesday Morning.
Franco-Luviano is believed to be armed and dangerous. He’s described as being 5’10” and thin with dark hair. Anyone with information is urged to call 911.