Albuquerque, NM – The United States
Marshals South West Investigative Team task force (SWIFT) arrested Vicente
Gutierrez on Interstate 25 northbound just south of Las Vegas, NM. U.S.
Marshals attempted to pull the vehicle over and were assisted by NM State
Police when Gutierrez refused to stop. Gutierrez attempted to flee in a
stolen vehicle after slowing down and pulling over. Gutierrez then pulled
away and that is when NM State Police used a Pursuit Intervention Technique
(PIT) to bring Gutierrez’s vehicle to a stop safely. Gutierrez was taken
into custody without further incident.
Vicente Gutierrez is charged with Murder and is the suspect of a double
homicide that occurred in Bernalillo County on April 9, 2012. Gutierrez and
Jessie Young allegedly murdered Alfonso and Alejandro Garcia and then burned
the bodies in Albuquerque’s Parajito Mesa.
In January, U.S. Marshals developed information that Gutierrez was residing
in Palomas, Mexico, in a compound protected by an unknown drug cartel.
Marshals learned that Gutierrez’s fellow Berna-Town gang members were
bringing him stolen vehicles to sell in Mexico and sending him money to live
on. Two weeks ago, allegedly one of the stolen vehicles was recovered in
front of the compound where Gutierrez was staying. In October 2012, federal
agents were able to identify Berna-Town gang members traveling back and
forth to Palomas, MX, and arrested Gutierrez’s girlfriend Desirae Sanchez
transporting narcotics across the border and into America.
Earlier this week, U.S. Marshals learned that Gutierrez made his way back to
the United States and was back in Bernalillo, NM. Throughout the week,
several teams of law enforcement officers on the SWIFT task force
investigated all the leads and tips that came in from the public.
District of New Mexico, United States Marshal, Conrad Candelaria, said ,
"Once again our SWIFT members and partner agencies pooled their resources to
take some very dangerous people off of the streets of our communities. Our
partners in the Republic of Mexico are an additional asset and we are very
appreciative of their efforts in returning our fugitives to face justice.
When law enforcement, the media, and the public join forces, each are doing
their part to make our communities, our homes, and most importantly, our
families safer. This was truly a team effort.”
Gutierrez’s fugitive homicide case was brought to the United States Marshals
Service fugitive task force on September 28, 2012. Gutierrez was immediately
placed on New Mexico’s Most Wanted Violent Offender list. During the course
of the investigation several agencies were involved in the apprehension of
Gutierrez. The arrest was a collaborated effort by the United States
Marshals Service, Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office, New Mexico Department
of Correction/Probation and Parole Division, Albuquerque Police Department,
Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations, U.S. Border
Patrol, Torrance County Sheriff’s Office, Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office,
New Mexico State Police and Bernalillo Police Department.
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