South Lake Tahoe police arrest suspect in NW California murder

A suspect in a northwest California murder was arrested Friday afternoon in South Lake Tahoe, according to police.

Lt. Brian Williams said the South Lake Tahoe Police Department helped Mendocino County sheriff's detectives take Jesse Cole Wells into custody.

The sheriff's office issued an arrest warrant for Wells, 32, charging him with murder. Authorities learned he was living on Conestoga Avenue in South Lake Tahoe, and a search warrant was granted.

The police department's SWAT team was activiated as part of the response. Wells was found, arrested without incident and booked into El Dorado County Jail in South Lake Tahoe with a bail amount of $650,000.

The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office had identified Jesse Wells as one of seven suspects accused of killing Jeffrey Quinn Settler in Nov. 2016 in order to steal processed marijuana, according to several media reports.

Detectives believe that seven people hired by Settler to help him trim marijuana plants stole more than 100 pounds of pot and beat and stabbed him to death.

Wells could face charges including homicide and robbery. It wasn't immediately known if he has an attorney.

The sheriff's office has not immediately returned a request for comment.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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