Nederland man facing capital murder charges held on $2 million bond

Nederland- A 26-year-old Nederland man Thursday was ordered to be held on a $2 million dollar bond after he was arraigned on capital murder charges in the shooting death of his mother.

Joseph Garrett Arredondo is accused of shooting his 55-year-old mother in her apartment late Wednesday afternoon.

Chief Darrell Bush tells 12News the shooting happened just after 5pm at the Nederland Hillcrest Apartment Complex. The apartments are located in the 1500 block of S. 27th Street, almost where it intersects with Highway 365.

Police say Arredondo used a .40 caliber pistol and fired multiple rounds at his mother, Hollie Ann Arredondo. Bush says Arredondo is not cooperating with police.

Chief Bush says the mother was on the phone with someone from Spindletop Center, which provides treatment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as those with substance abuse problems. 

12News spoke with the Spindletop Center Thursday. Due to medical privacy laws, they could not confirm whether or not the mother was on the phone with a representative from the center.

Bush says the person on the phone heard a loud nose, then the phone went dead.

"He heard a loud noise and that's the last thing he heard," says Bush.

Bush says they don't know if that loud noise was that of the door being kicked in or of a gunshot.

Police say the Spindletop Center then called police, but gave authorities the victim's old address.

Police tell 12News Arredondo was still at the scene in the parking lot, when they arrived with the gun in his pants.

His mother was dead on the floor and was shot at least once.

Police say Arredondo is exercising his right to remain silent which is why they do not know a motive at this time.

The Spindletop Center offered some advice on what you should look for if someone may be suffering from a mental illness.

"If they're acting very different than they were before, start doing any substances and drinking alcohol and they hadn't before, they may also start missing activities, and a lot of times they tell people their plans," says Garrett Craver.

Craver says in an emergency situation, call 9-1-1. If you need help with someone who may be suffering from mental illness, call the Spindletop Emergency hotline which is in operation 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.



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