Lower Michigan homicide suspect arrested in Watersmeet

WATERSMEET, Mich. (WLUC) - An 18-year-old suspect wanted for a homicide in western Michigan was arrested in Watersmeet.

The Michigan State Police say investigators and the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team arrested a suspect Friday who was wanted for the murder of a 14-year-old boy in an Ottawa County hotel room.

Detectives from the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department had information the suspect, 18-year-old Juan Sandro Cabrera, was in the Upper Peninsula, at a home in Watersmeet, and contacted the MSP for assistance with his arrest.

WOOD-TV reports Cabrera is accused of gunning down 14-year-old T.J. Wells with what court records show was an AR-15. The shooting happened after a dispute between Wells and another man, who were members of rival gangs, witnesses told investigators. Witnesses also said Cabrera is a member of the Latin Kings gang.

Detectives from UPSET obtained a warrant and utilized the MSP Emergency Support Team to enter the home Friday morning.

The MSP says Cabrera was arrested without incident, at approximately 5:30 a.m., and held at the Gogebic County Jail until he could be transported to Ottawa County where he was arraigned on open murder, felony firearms possession and gang membership charges.

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