Branched Oak Lake murder suspect arrested | Crime and Courts

Lancaster County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man Saturday night on suspicion of Tuesday’s late-night shooting death of Benjamin J. Case at Branched Oak Lake.

Taban Rik Mugshot

Taban Rik

Taban Rik, 22, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder just before 9 p.m. He was also charged with use of a firearm to commit a felony, possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person, and making terroristic threats.

He was booked into Lancaster County Jail.

Deputy Chief Ben Houchin said deputies located Rik near 27th and O Streets. Rik was taken into custody without incident in the parking lot of Nguyen Vapes, 2645 O St.

Case, 42, died after being shot on his boat Tuesday night, Sheriff Terry Wagner said.

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Wagner said deputies were dispatched to the lake’s marina, south of West Davey Road and Northwest 98th Street about 20 miles northwest of Lincoln, after a man walked onto Case’s boat and fired two rounds just before 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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Case and four friends were inside the boat’s cabin when they felt the man walk onto the boat’s deck, Wagner said. Case opened the cabin door and was immediately shot twice with a handgun. He died at the scene.

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The other two men and two women jumped off the boat into the water to escape and were uninjured, Wagner said. The suspect — who did not fire toward the others — left the lake area in a vehicle.

Rik has prior convictions of terroristic threats and burglary after being arrested for a string of armed robberies in 2018. He was released from prison in late March.

Houchin said the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with additional information is urged to contact the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at (402) 441-6500.

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