Grand Island teenager pleads not guilty to April murder

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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) -
UPDATE: 7-1-19 10:40 AM

A trial may be coming up in September for a Grand Island teenager accused of murder.

Arek Friedricksen, 16, is charged with first degree murder and use of a weapon to commit a felony. He was arrested in May for the April shooting death of Vincent Arrellano, 32, near a residence in east Grand Island.

Friedricksen Friday entered a written not guilty plea and waived an arraignment hearing which had been scheduled for Tuesday, July 2nd.

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The case of a Grand Island teenager charged with an April murder has been transferred to a higher court for possible trial.

Police arrested Arek Friedricksen, 16, in May for the April 24 murder of Vincent Arrellano, 32, near a residence in east Grand Island.

Friedricksen is charged with first degree murder and use of a weapon to commit a felony. He waived an evidence hearing in Hall County Court and the judge transferred the case to district court for possible trial.

Police arrested Friedricksen May 9. Friedriksen's address was 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 listed Friedricksen as missing since March 27.

Captain Jim Duering of the GIPD said the initial call came in around 9:15 PM April 24 as a disturbance in the Lincoln Park area. Once the officer arrived, they found Arrellano with multiple gunshot wounds to his torso. Arrellano was taken by ambulance from the scene. At 11:46 PM that night authorities said he died from his injuries while being treated in the CHI Health St. Francis Emergency Room.

The Hall County Attorney said Friedricksen used a Tec-9 handgun to murder Arrellano.

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

"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."

"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.

It was the first criminal homicide in Grand Island since January 2018.

At the time of the murder, Captain Jim Duering of the Grand Island police department said, "We do believe that this was a targeted incident, not a victim selected at random."