A suspect in last month’s slaying of a teenager in south Minneapolis’ Little Earth housing complex was captured Wednesday, according to a police spokesman.
Juan Antonio Vasquez Jr., 18, of Minneapolis, was arrested after a nearly two-week search involving several law enforcement agencies. He is charged with second-degree murder in the March 25 shooting death of Alexander LaGarde.
Vasquez also was charged with second-degree assault because shrapnel from one the shots he fired struck a younger teen who was standing near LaGarde, 19, of Chanhassen. The other teen is expected to survive, police said.
LaGarde and the other victim had been among a group of friends hanging out outside at the complex when Vasquez and another man approached, according to court filings. Police say the two groups exchanged words before Vasquez pulled out a gun and started firing. LaGarde tried running into a nearby home, but was hit several times, police said.
A first court appearance has not been set for Vasquez, who was on probation at the time of the shooting and was not allowed to carry a gun because of prior convictions as a juvenile, court records show.
A relative of LaGarde’s said Wednesday that Vasquez was taken into custody on the White Earth Reservation in north-central Minnesota.
Minneapolis police spokesman John Elder said several agencies worked together to arrest Vasquez.