UPDATE: ARREST WARRANT FOR MURDER ISSUED FOR VINCENT CHASE VILLARREAL IN GRAND FORKS HOMICIDE

UPDATE: 1/12/21 4:55 p.m.

An arrest warrant for Murder has been issued for 28-year-old Vincent Chase Villarreal in relation to the death of Jeffrey Allen Shulzitski, 55-years-old of Grand Forks. Shulzitski was found deceased on December 5, 2020, at the Budget Inn Express (3400 Gateway Dr.) and his manner of death was determined to be caused by a firearm. Villarreal is currently incarcerated in the Northwest Regional Corrections Center (Crookston, MN) on unrelated charges.

The Grand Forks Police Department would like to thank the citizens of Grand Forks for their continued cooperation and patience as this investigation remains open and active.  Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to contact the Grand Forks Police Department by one of the following methods:

Call:                       701-746-1000
Online:                 Submit a tip via the GFPD’s Facebook or website
App:                     Submit a tip via the Tip411 app

UPDATE: 12/31/20 10:15 a.m. 

The Grand Forks Police Department would like to clarify that William Poitra is not a person of interest in the Budget Inn homicide investigation. 

Vincent Villarreal and Emmanuel Garza are currently incarcerated in Crookston on charges unrelated to the homicide investigation. 

UPDATE: 12/30/20 1:15 p.m. 

Vincent Villarreal was located in Crookston, MN, and arrested on warrants unrelated to this investigation.  The Grand Forks Police Department is no longer seeking his location.

This investigation remains open and active.  Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to contact the Grand Forks Police Department by one of the following methods:

Call:                       701-746-1000
Online:                 Submit a tip via the GFPD’s Facebook or website
App:                     Submit a tip via the Tip411 app

UPDATE 12/12/20 8:35 a.m.

The Grand Forks Police Department is requesting assistance in locating Emanuel Garza, who is a person of interest in the death of Jeffrey Allen Shulzitski. If you know the current location of Garza, please contact the Grand Forks Police Department by one of the following methods:

Call:                       701-746-1000
Online:                  Submit a tip via the GFPD’s Facebook or website
App:                      Submit a tip via the Tip411 app

UPDATE: 12/10/20 1:36 p.m.

The Grand Forks Police Department is requesting assistance in locating Vincent Chase Villarreal who is a person of interest in the death of Jeffrey Allen Shulzitski. Villarreal was last seen leaving the area southbound on foot. If you know the current location of Villarreal, please contact the Grand Forks Police Department by one of the following methods:

Call:                       701-746-1000
Online:                 Submit a tip via the GFPD’s Facebook or website
App:                     Submit a tip via the Tip411 app

UPDATE: 12/7/20 12:53 p.m. 

The victim in this case has been identified as Jeffrey Allen Shulzitski, 55 y/o, of Grand Forks.  Shultzitski suffered injuries that led investigators to believe that homicidal violence was involved.  The investigation is still in the early stages and information is being actively followed up on. At this time, the incident does not appear to be a random act and we don’t believe there is any danger to the general public.

ORIGINAL RELEASE

On Saturday, December 5, at 2:22 p.m., officers from the Grand Forks Police Department were dispatched to the Budget Inn Express at 3400 Gateway Dr. for a welfare check on a male subject in a motel room. Officers made entry into the motel room and found a male subject deceased. There is no more information that is going to be released at this time as this is an ongoing unattended death investigation. The identity of the deceased is being withheld pending next of kin notifications.

Anyone with information on this, or any related, incident, is encouraged to contact the Grand Forks Police Department by one of the following methods:

Call:                       701-787-8000
Online:                 Submit a tip via the GFPD’s Facebook or website
App:                     Submit a tip via the Tip411 app