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Update: Alleged attempted murder suspect wanted by JCSO captured

Posted at 3:39 PM, Mar 13, 2023
and last updated 2023-03-16 17:20:33-04

JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — UPDATE MARCH 14: The Jackson County Sheriff's Office confirmed Tuesday that anonymous information assisted in the arrest of Juan-Luis Cervantes, who is accused of shooting a woman in the head Monday.

The sheriff's office said around 6 p.m. Monday dispatch received an anonymous tip from a citizen stating that Cervantes’ vehicle was seen just outside of Sneads.

The vehicle's tag number was verified by dispatch with the citizen. A Sneads Police officer stopped the vehicle and arrested Cervantes.

As of Tuesday evening, the victim was alive, but in critical condition.

UPDATE 7:02 p.m.: Cervantes has been captured north of Sneads near River Road, according to a Jackson County Sheriff's Office spokesperson.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office activated a be on the lookout alert in the region for a man alleged to be involved in a shooting incident.

The sheriff’s office said the alert is in regard to Juan-Luis Cervantes.

Monday around midnight, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a residence outside the city of Cottondale that a person had been shot.

When deputies arrived, they discovered a female had been shot. She was taken to a hospital by emergency medical services (EMS).

After an investigation, it was determined that Cervantes was determined to be the shooter and law enforcement believe the shooting is an isolated incident.

As of Monday afternoon, law enforcement personnel continues to search for Cervantes and a vehicle he is believed to be traveling in.

Cervantes is considered armed and dangerous.

Jackson County Sheriff Donald Edenfield requests anyone with information about the location of Cervantes to call the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office at 850-482-9624 or call 911.