Teen jailed without bond in Grand Island murder case

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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - UPDATE: May 10, 2019

Arek Friedricksen, 16, is charged with first degree murder and the use of a firearm to commit a felony. Through investigation, police found Friedricksen to be connected with the shooting of 32-year-old Vincent Arrellano Junior.

Friedricksen had his initial hearing Friday where some family members watched as the judge asked him if he would like to a have a lawyer appointed to him. The judge says there is some conflict of interest at the public defender's office, so an attorney will be appointed from another agency.

Friedricksen is being held without bond as the state attorney pointed out he may be a flight risk. He has been reported as missing since before the shooting.

The state attorney suggested the no bond or suggested a bond of $5 million. When his mother heard the number she stated “you've got to be kidding me.”

Friedricksen asked for his case to reviewed in juvenile court but the judge says that will have to be discussed at another time.

His preliminary hearing will be in Hall County Court on July 2.

Another teen was in the car with Friedricksen when he was arrested last night. The 15 year old had possession of what is believed to be meth. He is not being faced with any charges related to the murder.


Grand Island Police have arrested a 16-year-old wanted in connection to a murder in northeast Grand Island.

Sgt. Jason Allen tells Local4 Arek Friedricksen was taken into custody Thursday night.

Around 9:20 p.m., Grand Island Police officers, while attempting contact at a residence associated with Friedricksen, saw a black Dodge pickup behaving suspiciously, and on approach, observed Friedricksen as a passenger in the pickup. The pickup was stopped near 622 Roush Lane, and he was taken into custody without issues.

Earlier in the day Thursday, a judge had issued an arrest warrant for the teen for the death of Vincent Arrellano.

The warrant names Friedricksen wanted for First Degree Murder and Use of a Firearm to Commit a Felony. The Hall County Attorney charged Friedricksen saying he used a Tec-9 handgun to murder Arrellano in the area of 11th and Evans back on April 24.

Friedriksen's address is listed as an apartment building in the 3000 block of West Capital, though GIPD said he was listed as a runaway juvenile in late March. The State Patrol's website lists Friedricksen as missing since March 27.

Friedriksen is being held at the Hall County Jail.

An additional 15-year-old boy in the vehicle was arrested after he was found to have two active juvenile pick up orders. He was also charges with possession of a controlled substance when suspected meth was located on him following his arrest.

He was remanded to a juvenile detention facility.

ORIGINAL STORY: April 25, 2019
Grand Island Police have identified the person who was killed Wednesday night in northeast Grand Island.

The victim is 32-year-old Vincent Arrellano Jr.

Police said the Grand Island man died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds Wednesday night.

Captain Jim Duering said the initial call came in around 9:15 p.m. as a disturbance in the area of 11th and Evans. That's near Lincoln Park. Once the officer arrived, they found a man with multiple gunshot wounds to his torso.

Police said Arrellano's address was an apartment at 2704 Highway 30. The address is on the east end of Grand Island about two miles away from the murder scene.

The victim was taken by ambulance away from the scene. At 11:46 p.m., the man died from his injuries while he was being treated in the CHI Health St. Francis Emergency Room.

"I heard a lot of screaming, and a lot of yelling and people were all freaked out," said Kaleigh Rapp, a neighbor. "It was a scary situation. Obviously the shooter was still on the loose."

This is the first criminal homicide in Grand Island since January 2018.

Police said no arrests have been made, but they're filing through some suspects.

"It does make me a little nervous, because you never know when they might come back. I mean I couldn't sleep, because it's just nerve wracking," Napp said.

In a statement from Grand Island Police, they said the department shares the concern of the community, family and friends of the victim following this serious incident. They said they have no reason to believe there is ongoing concern for residents and students in the area.

GIPD adds that they will continue to pursue justice in this investigation with all available resources.

"We do believe that this was a targeted incident, not a victim selected at random," said Capt. Jim Duering, Grand Island Police Department. "Anytime there is a homicide suspect at large, there is some measure of concern for the community, however we have no reason to believe that they're looking for other victims."

The investigation is ongoing, and more information will be released when it is known or deemed appropriate to do so.

Read the original version of this article at www.ksnblocal4.com.