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For Immediate Release

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February 08, 2013 DUSM James Badway, District of New Mexico (505) 938-7550
Mexican Connection

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.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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