Breaking: Suspect in Alpena gas station shooting arrested, bond withheld

Thursday, May 16, 2013 ~ Updated 3:35 PM

ALPENA -- Joe Anthony Gutierrez, the man accused of trying to shoot his ex-girlfriend at an Alpena gas station in the wee hours of May 15, has been arrested, police said today.

Gutierrez, also known as Gustavo Cerreon-Cervantes, was arrested Sunday afternoon in Green Forest on charges of kidnapping and attempted murder, after authorities used his cellphone to pinpoint his location in Boone County, Ark.

Authorities there responded to the place where Gutierrez was hiding out, Sheriff Bob Grudek said. Boone County officers then followed him to Green Forest, where he was taken into custody.

"We've been watching him ever since the night of the occurrence," Grudek said.

Police had narrowly missed Gutierrez Saturday night, the sheriff said, when they responded to sightings of Gutierrez in Green Forest.

The suspect, 25, allegedly fired multiple shots through the glass windows of a Red-X gas station near the intersection of Highways 62 and 412, narrowly missing his ex-girlfriend and a nearby cashier.

The victim, whose name has not been released, told police she had recently broken up with Gutierrez.

That night, she said, they had left her home to go for a drive. She also told police that "other acts of domestic violence" had preceded the shooting, though authorities would not elaborate on the nature of those acts.

The pair arrived at the gas station around 12:50 a.m., according to the Carroll County Sheriff's Office. Gutierrez left the woman in the car, allegedly warning her before he left not to do "anything stupid."

Once Gutierrez was inside, however, the woman ran into the gas station and barricaded herself in the bathroom. Gutierrez managed to retrieve her, however, and led her back to the car.

While he was entering the driver's side of the vehicle, she made a second attempt to flee, running back into the store. In response, Gutierrez allegedly pulled a gun and fired. He missed, but shattered the glass storefront.

He then got back into the car and drove off. The store clerk called the police, but by the time they arrived, Gutierrez was nowhere in sight.

Gutierrez is currently being held without bond at the Carroll County Detention Center.

Watch Carroll County News for updates on this unfolding story.

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  • Ok CCN, all fun aside here's a tip: Have this article translated to Mexican and find a way to post it in the major Mexican border city newspapers and media organizations along with hispanic communities in this country.

    -- Posted by Atlas Shrugged on Thu, May 16, 2013, at 7:55 PM
  • Uh, the language is Spanish. And their job is to report the news, not assume a law enforcement roll. The Associated Press and other large news organizations are far more capable of national press alerts.

    -- Posted by rockpilefarmer on Sun, May 19, 2013, at 6:49 AM
  • The long arm of the law prevails.

    -- Posted by gf citizen on Mon, May 20, 2013, at 4:37 PM
  • Love Grudek's comment, "We've been watching him every since the night of the occurrence." Really? Then why didn't you arrest him? There was a warrant out for his arrest, right? I will be glad when this clown gets voted out of office. He is an embarrassment to our county.

    -- Posted by bosshawg on Mon, May 20, 2013, at 5:31 PM
  • Watching his cell phone, and tracking his location by GPS. Who's the clown now? Read the story for what it is, and stop with the politics. You're only embarrassing yourself.

    -- Posted by okaybut on Tue, May 21, 2013, at 8:54 AM
  • Grudek is. Why do you have to ask? His own words say he was WATCHING him, not tracking him. There is a big difference.

    -- Posted by bosshawg on Thu, May 23, 2013, at 9:20 PM
  • Please, just read it. "We've been watching him". And, just after he said " Authorities used his cellphone to pinpoint his location in Boone County, AR." You're just trying to bend the statement to your own liking, and it's not working. People know what GPS is. You're trying to make it sound like The Sheriff was physically looking right at him, and didn't arrest him. Do you really think that people are going to believe that? Come on.

    -- Posted by okaybut on Fri, May 24, 2013, at 9:23 AM
  • If they know Grudek, they will believe it. Just like all of the meth coming out of Oak Grove. He knows its there and being cooked but he won't do anything about it. Now that is a quality county sheriff for you.

    -- Posted by bosshawg on Fri, May 24, 2013, at 1:35 PM
  • Now you change the subject, and make thinks up as you go along. No credibility in what your saying. I'm out of here.

    -- Posted by okaybut on Fri, May 24, 2013, at 2:01 PM
  • Can't take the truth so you run off. See ya!

    -- Posted by bosshawg on Sat, May 25, 2013, at 8:58 AM
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