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UPDATE: Council Bluffs Police arrest 17-year-old suspect in Omaha homicide investigation

POLICE TAPE 07232023
Posted at 11:59 AM, Aug 31, 2023

UPDATE: 9/6/2023

The 17-year-old suspect was extradited to Omaha from Council Bluffs and booked at the Douglas County Youth Center.

UPDATE 09/01/2023

The Council Bluffs Police Department said in a release that it arrested a 17-year-old juvenile suspect in an early Thursday morning homicide in Omaha. OPD says the suspect will be charged with first-degree murder.

Here's what we know from police:

On Thursday. at approximately 5:27 p.m., CB Police were advised that a homicide suspect from Omaha was headed into Council Bluffs. Police tracked the vehicle to the Lake Manawa area.

Police found the vehicle and set a perimeter. ABLE-1 (OPD helicopter) helped in the search as did Police K-9 units. The suspect was taken into custody without injury.

The Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office, Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Omaha Police all assisted in this case.

The investigation is still active in Omaha and names are not being released at this time.


Omaha Police said in a news release that the department is investigating a homicide near 121st and Arbor Street early Thursday morning. Omaha Police were called at 3:08 a.m. in regards to a down party. A male in his 40s was located deceased at the scene.

Police later identified the man as 43-year-old Juan Carlos Tobar-Abarca.

OPD says the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is urged to contact the OPD Homicide Unit at (402) 444-5656, or anonymously contact Omaha Crime Stoppers at (402) 444-STOP, at omahacrimestoppers.orgor on the P3 Tips mobile app. Tips leading to the arrest of a homicide suspect are eligible for a $25,000 reward.

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