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Police: Teen arrested, charged with murder for south Charlotte homicide


Police in Charlotte have arrested a man they believe to be responsible for a Wednesday night homicide in south Charlotte.

Miguel Angel Zelaya, 19, was arrested Friday afternoon at an apartment on Lakemist Drive for a robbery warrant not related to the murder.

Police said information gathered during the investigation identified Zelaya as a potential suspect. When he was arrested, he was taken to police headquarters and interviewed by detectives.

After that interview, he was charged with murder, discharging a firearm into an occupied property causing serious injury, and two counts of attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon.

According to a press release from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, officers responded to the 7600 block of Sharon Lakes Road just before 10 p.m. Wednesday for an assault with a deadly weapon call.

They say the victim, later identified as 17-year-old Jose Orlando Ibarra, and the shooter were involved in an altercation in a parking lot when Ibarra was shot.

A family member took Ibarra to Carolinas Medical Center in Pineville where he was pronounced deceased as a result of his injuries.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective.  Detective Fitch is the lead detective assigned to the case. You can also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or visit the Crime Stoppers mobile app website at http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.

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