Ashwaubenon shooting suspect turns himself in to police

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Leonel Vasquez-Meza is considered armed and dangerous, police say. Photo: Ashwaubenon Public Safety

Police say a man wanted for a shooting at an Ashwaubenon hotel has turned himself in.

Leonel Vasquez-Meza, 20, was taken into custody Thursday not long after police released his photo to the public.

Vasquez-Meza ran from officers Wednesday after they attempted to stop him in Green Bay. Ashwaubenon Public Safety believes he is the man who fired the gun during the shooting at the Microtel in Ashwaubenon.

Events unfolded Wednesday on Green Bay's east side. Police from Ashwaubenon and Green Bay had developed information about a vehicle and suspect linked to a June 13 shooting at Microtel. Both the suspect and the vehicle had been spotted at a home in the 1000 block of Newtols St in Green Bay.

At about 2:30 p.m., police spotted the vehicle leaving the home on Newtols St. Police performed a traffic stop and took one person into custody. The suspect was identified as Juan Carlos Romero-Ahumada, 19. He's been booked into the Brown County Jail on charges of Attempted 1st Degree Intentional Homicide, Aggravated Battery, Armed Robbery, and Theft.

During that time, another vehicle pulled into the Newtols St. home then took off. Police followed the car to a parking lot where two people got out and took off running.

One person was taken into custody for an interview, but he's not a suspect in the Ashwaubenon shooting, police say.

Suspected shooter Leonel Vasquez-Meza took off. He was wanted until he turned himself in Thursday.

The Green Bay Police Department SWAT team was called to clear the Newtols residence and help serve a search warrant. The SWAT officers did not find anyone inside the home.

The shooting at Microtel on Allied Street wounded one person. Officers arrived at the motel the evening of June 13 and found a man in the lobby with a gunshot wound to his torso area. He was taken by ambulance to a local hospital. The victim has since been released.

Ashwaubenon Public Safety says the shooting was result of a "drug deal gone bad."

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INITIAL STORY

Green Bay Police and Ashwaubenon Public Safety have two people in custody who are linked to a shooting at a motel in Ashwaubenon. A third suspect remains on the loose.

The arrests happened Wednesday afternoon on the east side of Green Bay. Police from both departments had developed information about a vehicle and suspect linked to a June 13 shooting at Microtel. Both the suspect and the vehicle had been spotted at a home in the 1000 block of Newtols St in Green Bay.

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At about 2:30 p.m., police spotted the vehicle leaving the home on Newtols St. Police performed a traffic stop and took one person into custody.

During that time, another vehicle pulled into the Newtols St. home then took off. Police followed the car to a parking lot where two people got out and took off running.

Police took one person from that vehicle into custody. The second person is at large.

"One person did get away from the officers in an unknown location. Officers did call in a K-9. The K-9 was able to track the suspect, but the track didn't locate that suspect," says Commander Kevin Warych, Green Bay Police Dept.

Investigators are interviewing the two suspects who are in custody. They do not know where the third person is at this time.

The Green Bay Police Department SWAT team was called to clear the Newtols residence and help serve a search warrant. The SWAT officers did not find anyone inside the home.

The shooting at Microtel on Allied Street wounded one person. Officers arrived at the motel the evening of June 13 and found a man in the lobby with a gunshot wound to his torso area. He was taken by ambulance to a local hospital.

Police say three suspects had entered the victim’s hotel room. There was a fight and a handgun was fired. The suspects took off in a car.

Green Bay Police are assisting Ashwaubenon Public Safety with the investigation. Ashwaubenon officers are expected to release additional information.


Suspect arrested: Juan Carlos Romero-Ahumada