The Port Arthur News
Hillcrest Apartments in Nederland has returned to its generally quiet atmosphere one day after Hollie Arredondo was shot to death and her son Joseph Garrett Arredondo arrested.
David Tran, manager at Nederland Hillcrest Apartments, 1516 South 27th St., has an open door policy and remembered speaking with Hollie Arredondo on occasions. He called her “easygoing and quiet, not the type of person to bother anyone.”
Tran was out running errands on Wednesday when, at about 5 p.m., police arrived at the apartment complex and discovered the 55-year-old woman dead and her 26-year-old son outside the apartment with a pistol.
“When she came into the office she was very respectful, said yes sir and no sir,” Tran said. “She paid her rent on time and was by herself most of the time.”
The News called several of the victim’s friends and a family member but no one wanted to go on the record to talk about Hollie or her son.
Police were first alerted to the domestic disturbance at 5:09 p.m. April 10 when the local Spindletop Center (formerly Spindletop MHMR) called Nederland’s dispatch.
Police were initially given the incorrect address by Spindletop, he said. Dispatch then cross-referenced the names and found the correct address.
Nederland Police Chief Darrell Bush said Hollie was on the phone with Spindletop and was reportedly telling them of a problem when the door to the apartment was kicked in and shots were fired.
“There was no indicated she (Hollie) was trying to get him (Joseph Arredondo) into there,” Bush said.
The police chief said he doesn’t know why the victim chose to call Spindletop instead of the police.
A total of seven shots were fired in the apartment, six of them striking the victim.
Joseph Garrett Arredondo is charged with capital murder and is being held on a $2 million bond.
Homicides in the city of Nederland are fairly rare. In 2008, Dennis James Sattler shot and killed his estranged wife, Susan Sattler, at her Nederland home. There were no homicides from 2009-2011. Then in 2012 there were two homicides; Kurt Ray Kasper reportedly stabbed Timothy James Melancon to death then Travis Wade Smith fatally shot Holly Crenshaw, the mother of his child.
The police did not have any information regarding funeral services for Hollie Arredondo.
The victim in Wednesday night’s shooting in Nederland has been identified as Hollie Ann Arredondo, 55 of Nederland. The suspect is identified as her son, Joseph Garrett Arredondo, 26, also of Nederland.
Joseph Arredondo is currently held in Jefferson County Jail, formal charges of capital murder are expected to be filed later today.
A 55-year-old woman was shot to death in her Nederland apartment Wednesday evening, which is the first shooting death in the city for 2013.
The 55-year-old woman was shot to death in her Nederland apartment Wednesday evening, which is the first shooting death in the city for 2013.
When police arrived at Hillcrest Apartments, 1516 South 27th Street, they discovered a 26-year-old man outside the apartment with a pistol and the back door kicked in, said Nederland Police Chief Darrell Bush.
Bush confirmed that it was a domestic disturbance call and the man was the 55-year-old deceased woman’s son. The son was immediately taken into custody.
David Tran isn’t used to seeing police vehicles at Hillcrest Apartments where he resides and serves as apartment manager. The complex with the forest green rooftops, he said, is generally quiet with few disturbances.
“I just found out,” Tran said while standing on a sidewalk at the complex. “I went to do some errands, came back and saw a whole bunch of police cars here.”
Tran said the victim, whose name has not been released, had lived at the apartment complex for almost a year. He said that sometimes her son and other family members would visit.
Police were first alerted to the domestic disturbance at 5:09 p.m. when the local Spindletop Center (formerly Spindletop MHMR) called Nederland’s dispatch.
“We were initially given the incorrect address so when we got there, we had to contact our dispatch to cross-reference the names we were given and find the real address,” Bush said.
Bush said the woman had called the Spindletop Center, but did not know what she told them.
“Neighbors heard multiple gunshots,” Bush said, then added that he did not know if the man lived with the woman at the time.
Bush said that it was too early to know if the man had a previous criminal record or any specifics on the woman’s death.
Justice of the Peace for Pct. 8 Tom Gillam ordered an autopsy on the woman’s body, Bush said.
“This is not a common occurrence in this area,” Bush said of the complex, which is located directly behind CVS Pharmacy off of TX 365. “We had two homicides last year.”
The man is awaiting arraignment at the Jefferson County Correctional Facility.