Main suspect in fatal shooting in Albert Lea Tuesday afternoon taken into custody in Iowa

The main suspect in the shooting death of an Albert Lea man Tuesday afternoon has been taken into custody.

Freeborn County Sheriff Kurt Freitag stated in a news release that detectives with the Sheriff’s Office received information that homicide suspect 32-year old Ben Vidal Moreno was hiding at a rural Forest City, Iowa residence.  Detectives coordinated their efforts with the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office, and Sheriff Freitag stated that Moreno was arrested at approximately 1:00 a.m. Thursday morning, without incident.

Freitag went on to state that the department’s investigation into the incident is continuing, and he added that multiple criminal charges are forthcoming.  Moreno is the prime suspect in the shooting death of 45-year old Juan Vasquez Jr. of Albert Lea outside a residence in the 7500 block of 160th St. in Albert Lea Tuesday afternoon.  Freeborn County Sheriff’s Deputies, along with Glenville First Responders and Mayo Ambulance arrived at the scene where Vasquez was located.  Authorities stated that first aid was administered, but Vasquez was pronounced dead at the scene. 


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