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Monday, September 14, 2015

Murder Trial Walk Away Arrested

Suspect Facing Murder Charge Captured

San Antonio, TX - Jose Gutierrez, 33, was arrested this morning by members of the United States Marshals Service Lone Star Fugitive Task Force (LSFTF), in San Antonio, TX. An arrest warrant was issued pursuant to an investigation by the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO), where it is alleged that Gutierrez violated the conditions of his pretrial release.

On August 27, 2015, LSFTF officers initiated an investigation in locating and apprehending Gutierrez. Through extensive investigative efforts, task force officers determined that Gutierrez was hiding out in a house on the west side of San Antonio. This morning, task force officers entered the house, identified themselves, made contact with Gutierrez, and took him into custody without incident.

On August 25, 2015, Gutierrez was present to begin trial at the Bexar County 175th District Court to face a murder charge that stemmed back to 2013. He had previously been released on bond with electronic ankle monitoring. Reports stated that Gutierrez requested and was allowed to briefly leave the courtroom before jury selection began. Gutierrez allegedly exited the courtroom and never returned. His electronic ankle monitor had been cut off and was later found at a McDonald’s Restaurant located on the east side of San Antonio. A warrant was immediately issued for Gutierrez’s arrest and he remained a fugitive at large until his arrest this morning.

Gutierrez is currently being held in custody at the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office.

Robert R. Almonte, United States Marshal for the Western District of Texas, stated, “Gutierrez thought he could just walk away and never be held accountable for the crimes he committed, but due to the diligent work of our task force officers, Gutierrez will finally see his day in court.”

Members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force:

    New Braunfels Police Department
    San Antonio Police Department
    San Antonio Independent School District Police Department
    Bexar County Sheriff’s Office
    Comal County Sheriff’s Office
    Bexar County Fire Marshal’s Office
    Bexar County District Attorney’s Office
    Texas Office of The Attorney General
    Texas Department of Public Safety
    Texas Department of Criminal Justice – Office of the Inspector General
    Immigration & Customs Enforcement – Office of Detention & Removal
    U.S. Marshals Service

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