Anna Police said authorities in Missouri captured a 20-year-old man Thursday night, just hours after he allegedly shot another man and fled across state lines.
In an emailed statement distributed Friday morning, the Anna Police Department said Benito Gutierrez was taken into custody by the Kansas City Police Department. Gutierrez has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for his alleged role in the shooting, which occurred in the Avery Pointe neighborhood early Thursday morning.
“We’re excited to have him in custody, and all within 15 hours,” Anna Police Chief Jeff Caponera said Friday.
At approximately 3 a.m. Thursday, Anna Police responded to a report of a shooting at the intersection of Chapel Hill Drive and Cedar Canyon. When officers arrived, they found the 23-year-old victim — an acquaintance of Benito — with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Caponera said the victim was taken to a McKinney hospital for surgery and had been upgraded from critical condition to good condition Friday.
Shortly after the shooting, Anna Police circulated a description of Gutierrez’s getaway vehicle, a red Ford passenger car. Caponera said investigators used the vehicle information to identify the dealership which owned the car and quickly developed a promising lead.
“One unfortunate thing for him was that he also had a GPS tracking device on his car,” Caponera said. “Apparently the dealership was trying to track the vehicle and repossess it, so they put a device on it. From there, the dealer informed us that the car happened to be up in Kansas.”
Caponera said Gutierrez may have been attempting to hideout with family members living in Missouri, but the department issued a “be-on-the-lookout” alert and contacted authorities in the area where the vehicle was last tracked. Hours later, Gutierrez was located in a different vehicle and was taken into custody.
Anna Police were one the way to extradite Gutierrez back to Texas on Friday. Caponera said officers would execute a search warrant on the vehicle Gutierrez was using at the time of his arrest. Citing the department’s ongoing investigation, Caponera said he could not comment on the events that led up to the alleged shooting, but added that Gutierrez’s assault charge would likely be enhanced to aggravated robbery.
“It was a real team effort,” Caponera said. “We’re very proud of the men and women of our department and thankful to everyone who helped us out.”