Grand Forks murder victim's son arrested in Crookston

Vincent Chase Villarreal, 28, has been identified as a person of interest in the murder investigation of Jeffrey Allen Shulzitski, 55, who was found dead in a Grand Forks motel earlier this month.

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Police are asking the public's help to locate Vincent Chase Villarreal, who is a person of interest in the death of a Grand Forks man. Grand Forks Police Department photo

A person of interest in a Grand Forks homicide investigation has been apprehended in Crookston and is being held in Polk County.

Vincent Chase Villarreal, 28, was arrested at the North Acre Estates trailer park by the Crookston Police Department with assistance from the Pine to Prairie Violent Crimes Enforcement Team and the Grand Forks Regional Special Operations Group just before 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30. Crookston police called his arrest a "high-risk" warrant service.

Grand Forks police had previously sought Villarreal's location and believed he might have information about the murder of his father, Jeffrey Shulzitski, earlier this month. Shulzitski's body was found in the Budget Inn Express motel on Dec. 5. Villarreal was seen on camera leaving the Budget Inn on foot.

According to a release from Crookston police, Villarreal was arrested on a Minnesota Department of Corrections warrant. A MDOC spokesperson told the Herald that Villarreal was wanted to violation of his conditions of release in another case.


A second person, 38-year-old Crookston man Jose Angel DeLeon, was also arrested at the time of Villarreal's arrest, a release states. He was apprehended for violation of probation or conditions of release, according to police.

The investigation into Shulzitski's death in Grand Forks earlier this month remains active and ongoing. A second person of interest was located by Grand Forks police earlier this month.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office, Grand Forks Police Department and Crookston Ambulance also assisted in Villarreal's arrest. No injuries or danger to the public occurred during the warrant service, according to police.

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