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April 10, 2013

Update: Shooting victim described as quiet, easygoing



Previous reporting:

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.


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