Wanted Man Arrested in Grand Island Murder

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) – Just hours after identifying the man believed to be involved in the death of Trevor Sok, Grand Island Police announced they had made an arrest in the case.

Grand Island Police said they arrested 24-year-old Herbey Portillo, Jr for the homicide of Sok on Tuesday, one day after the murder.

GIPD said, “He was located hiding in a garage on East 10th street in Grand Island. He offered no resistance.”

Portillo, Jr. is currently listed as an inmate at the Hall County Jail. His booking time said 6:32 p.m. It’s unclear when he will make his first court appearance.

Earlier in the day Tuesday, GIPD had issued an arrest warrant for Herbey Portillo, Jr, at which time they said he was armed and dangerous.

Charges in the warrant include 1st Degree Murder and Use of a Weapon to commit a felony.

An autopsy for Sok is scheduled for Tuesday in Omaha.

GIPD said the shooting happened at 1303 W. Charles St. around 3:45 a.m. New Year’s Day.

Emergency personnel responded and found Sok, 19, suffering from gunshot wounds. He was transported by ambulance to the CHI Health St. Francis Emergency Room where he died from his injuries.

Court records indicated that Sok had been scheduled to go on trial January 16 in Hall County Court for four misdemeanor charges filed in 2017.

In May, Sok was charged with first offense DUI, in July he was charged with two counts of criminal mischief and in September he was charged with 3rd degree assault.

Information about the circumstances of those alleged crimes was not immediately available.

Trevor is a 2017 graduate of Giltner Public Schools.

The school’s social media pages sent out a message Monday announcing the death of their former student. They said funeral arrangements are not known at this time. The school did open up for a few hours Monday evening with a crisis team available.

Grand Island Mayor Jeremy Jensen is also responding to the death of Trevor Sok. He posted on his official Facebook page about receiving the report of what he says is a “senseless tragedy.” He said he didn’t know the Sok family or Trevor, but he knows that the teen didn’t deserve the hand he was dealt.

Mayor Jensen is asking the community to keep Trevor’s friends, family and the Giltner community in your thoughts and prayers.

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