BY DAVID OVALLE
A felon two months out of prison is the gun-wielding robber who shot and killed 16-year-old Emmanuel Lacayo last month, Miami-Dade police say.
Mitchell Lee Simpson, 20, was booked into jail Saturday morning, charged with first-degree murder, armed robbery and two counts of attempted armed robbery, records show.
Miami-Dade's homicide bureau called Emmanuel's family about midnight with the news.
''We exhaled -- it was a load off our shoulders,'' said brother Cesar Lacayo, 26. ``We stayed up until 5 a.m., conversing, reminiscing about him.''
Emmanuel was shot May 25. He had gone to a party with friends and returned to his home in the Serena Lakes neighborhood of Kendall about 12:30 a.m.
Sometime about 12:30 a.m., some pals picked him up. They drove to Princeton to visit some girls, his family said.
About 4 a.m., he and his friends were walking on Southwest 256th Street and 124th Court when two men appeared and 'demanded the victims' property,'' Miami-Dade homicide detectives said.
The robbers took his gold chain and shot him in the head, according to an arrest report by Miami-Dade homicide Detective Jonathan Sabel.
''The horror he experienced in those moments is what gets me. He was just a kid,'' said mother Linda Lacayo, 50.
''I know when he was killed, he was terrified,'' she said.
Miami-Dade homicide's bureau had flooded the media with pleas for help.
They organized a press conference with Emmanuel's grieving family. They asked Miami-Dade mounted patrolmen to pass out fliers near Naranja Park.
It worked. Tips led to the arrest.
Two witnesses told detectives Simpson bragged about the shooting to them.
Simpson claimed to detectives he provided the gun used in the robbery to two men who later gave him $50 when the necklace was sold.
''I'm grateful for the job the police officers did on this. I'm really thankful to the community that helped -- we are relieved that this person won't do this to anybody else,'' Linda Lacayo said.
Simpson, of 11811 SW 220th St., was released from state prison in March, records show.
He had served one year and one day for burglary to an unoccupied dwelling, grand theft and trafficking in stolen property.
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Detectives are looking for other possible accomplices.
Lacayo, the youngest of seven siblings, attended school at Douglas MacArthur Senior High South. His family will hold a memorial for him at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Alpha & Omega Church, 7984 SW 56th St.
They also will ask guests to sign a petition asking lawmakers to stiffen penalties for crimes against juveniles.
Cesar Lacayo was not pleased that the suspected killer was fresh from prison.
''It's a little nerve-racking out there. The laws are a little bit too easy,'' he said.