Accused murderer Michael Lawrence captured in Las Vegas

Michael Lawrence is wanted in the shooting death of 6-year-old Lay'la Jones.


After more than a year on the run, one of Saginaw's most sought-after criminals is now behind bars.

The Michigan State Police Fugitive Team and the FBI have captured 24-year-old Michael Lawrence, the man wanted in the murders of six-year-old Lay'la Jones in August 2012 and Angelica Olivarez, the mother of Lawrenceâ??s son, in April.

Saginaw Police Sgt. Reggie Williams said a tip from Texas led authorities to arrest Lawrence at a McDonald's in Las Vegas.

Olivarez's family said news of his capture is overwhelming and a big relief.

Police, in the meantime, are applauding the public's help and the collaborative efforts to put Lawrence behind bars.

"Some of us need the closure, that's probably what we're gonna get now, is the closure,â?? Theresa Medel, Olivarezâ??s mother, said. â??I can't tell you how I feel at this point in time and how I'm gonna deal with it now, but at least knowing that he's gonna pay now."

Sgt. Williams said he hopes Lawrenceâ??s capture send a strong message to other criminals on the run. â??We're gonna do everything we can to catch you, if you want to commit a violent act, a violent crime, we're gonna do everything in our power to put you behind bars."

The Saginaw County prosecutor is now preparing to extradite Lawrence to Michigan to face charges in the deaths of Layâ??la Jones and Angelica Olivarez.

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A man who is wanted for two murders in the City of Saginaw has been arrested in Las Vegas.

According to Saginaw Police, 24-year old Michael Duane Lawrence is in custody in Las Vegas, thanks to a joint effort by the Michigan State Police Fugitive Team and the FBI.

He is currently lodged in the Clark County Jail and is awaiting extradition back to Michigan where he will face charges.

Lawrence is wanted in the shooting death is 6-year-old Lay'la Jones, who was killed in a drive by shooting on Essling Street, on August 29, 2012.

He is also wanted in the death of Angelica Olivarez.. Olivarez is the mother of Lawrence's son.

We will have more on the capture tonight on NBC25 News at 6 p.m.