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Mt. Pleasant area shooting suspect in custody, charged with intent to murder

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UPDATE 6/18/24 3:10 p.m.

MT. PLEASANT — Isabella County Prosecutor David Barberi says the suspect of Monday’s shooting in Mt. Pleasant has been charged.

Barberi says 58-year-old Leangel Sabatela-Rodiruez was arraigned Tuesday on charges of assault with intent to murder and felony weapon firearm charges.


Barberi tells us the man was living in the garage of a home on S. Leaton Street temporarily. Michigan State Police were called to the home on Monday for a reported shooting.

When troopers arrived, they say Sabatela-Rodriguez had left. He was later found in the overnight hours at Soaring River Casino and was arrested without incident.

MSP say they believe the suspect and victim knew each other. Sabatela-Rodriguez could face a life sentence if convicted.

6/18/24 11:40 a.m.


MT. PLEASANT — Troopers say the suspect has been located and is in custody.

6/17/24 6:00 p.m.

MT. PLEASANT — Troopers from the MSP Mt. Pleasant Post are investigating a shooting at 12:30 Monday afternoon.

They say the suspect, Leangel Sabatela-Rodriguez, shot another known man and fled the area. He is believed to be armed and dangerous.

There is a large police presence near Leaton and Airport Roads, and the public is asked to avoid the area. Anyone in the area of S. Leaton and Airport is asked to lock their doors and call 911 if they see the suspect.

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