Georgetown kidnapping suspect tied to deadly crime spree in Dallas-area

`Silvestre Franco-Luviano (Williamson County Sheriff's Office - 2011 arrest)
Silvestre Franco-Luviano (Williamson County Sheriff's Office - 2011 arrest)

GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — A person of interest has been named in the kidnapping of a Georgetown man, Monday. Georgetown police say the victim was released unharmed after being kidnapped while landscaping Monday at 7:43 a.m.

Silvestre Franco-Luviano, 40, the person of interest in the kidnapping, is also suspected of involvement in two murders in the Dallas-area on Sunday.

The victim was located at the 7-11 at 2995 Williams Drive in Georgetown (KXAN Photo/Lauren Kravets)
The victim was located at the 7-11 at 2995 Williams Drive in Georgetown (KXAN Photo/Lauren Kravets)

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, approximately one mile from where he was kidnapped. Police say Fanco-Luviano let the victim go at the gas station.

The night before, police say Franco-Luviano shot at two vehicles in Cedar Hill at 11:03 p.m. A woman was injured in that incident. The Dallas Morning News reports 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.

He then broke into a Cedar Hill home, robbed the homeowner and allegedly stole a Lexus sedan, which ended up being used in the kidnapping in Georgetown. The stolen vehicle was found unoccupied around noon on Hedgewood Drive in Georgetown.

“Just shaking because when I found out about it, now that you told me, it’s scary just to find out that a person who killed two people and actually kidnapped one person, it could happen to anybody,” said Cristal Esparza, who lives on Hedgewood Drive where the Lexus was found.

“My kids you know play around in this area and stuff like that, it’s just a community with a lot of kids so I was just really, really worried that he would be over in this area with his car sitting right there,” said Justin Jones, another neighbor on Hedgewood.

Franco-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. Franco-Luviano has an arrest warrant for homicide out of the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office.

Police say Franco-Luviano, whose location is unknown, should be considered armed and extremely dangerous. Anyone with information on the suspect should call 911 immediately.

A spokesperson for the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force says they assisted Georgetown police Monday morning but are not currently involved as of Monday afternoon.

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