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Minneapolis murder suspect arrested in northwest Minnesota

Juan Vasquez Jr.

NAYTAHWAUSH, Minn. — An 18-year-old man wanted in connection with a Minneapolis homicide was arrested in this northwest Minnesota county on Wednesday, April 11, on a felony warrant.

The Mahnomen County Sheriff's Office reported Juan Vasquez Jr., no listed address, was arrested early Wednesday morning at a house in Naytahwaush about 20 miles east of Mahnomen.

He's facing a charge of second-degree murder for his alleged role in a March 25 fatal shooting near the Little Earth public housing complex in south Minneapolis, as well as a second-degree assault charge because another teen and a near victim Alexander LaGarde was reportedly hit by shrapnel. 

White Earth Police, the FBI, U.S. Marshals and the Headwaters Safe Trails Task Force assisted with the arrest. Vasquez is being held at Clearwater County Jail in Bagley until he is transported to Hennepin County.
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