Ottawa County Homicide Suspect Arrested in Watersmeet

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WAKEFIELD, MI – On Friday, March 1st, 2019, members of the Michigan State Police (MSP) and Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET) arrested a suspect wanted for homicide in Ottawa County.

Juan Sandro Cabrera

Juan Sandro Cabrera

Detectives from the Ottawa County Sherriff’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.

Juan Cabrera is being charged in the murder of 14-year-old Troy ‘TJ’ Wells.

At 12:04AM, Saturday February 16th, 2019, Ottawa County Sheriff’s Deputies and medics were sent to the Hampton Inn, located at 12427 Felch Street, in Holland Township, on a call of shots fired.

Upon arrival deputies found a 14 year old boy, Troy “TJ” Wells Jr., suffering from multiple gun shot wounds. TJ was transported to Holland Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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