Antioch Police release name, photo of suspect, details in Wednesday carjacking and hostage standoff

Horacio Gutierrez

Horacio Gutierrez

By Acting Lieutenant Tom Fuhrmann, Antioch Police Investigations Bureau

On Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 11:05 AM a black Nissan Maxima being driven by 35 year old Horacio Gutierrez crashed into a parked vehicle in the 1600 block of W. 10th Street in Antioch. The Nissan was an unreported stolen vehicle out of Walnut Creek. The owner was unaware at the time that the vehicle had been stolen.

After the collision, Gutierrez ran to Mike’s Auto Body at the corner of Auto Center Drive and W. 10th Street. Gutierrez forced an employee out of his personal vehicle (gold Honda Accord) at gun point and then took the vehicle and drove to Concord where he abandoned that vehicle. Gutierrez left an additional firearm behind in the vehicle at the crash on 10th Street.

At 1155 hours Brentwood Officers relocated Gutierrez now in Brentwood and driving a burgundy Honda Accord. Brentwood Officers initiated a traffic stop and a pursuit ensued with Antioch Officers assisting. Once CHP air support arrived, patrol units backed out of the pursuit. Gutierrez continued westbound by way of HWY 4 and surface streets to Pittsburg. After the deployment of spike strips on the vehicle in Pittsburg, the CHP re-engaged the pursuit eastbound on HWY 4 to Contra Loma Blvd. in Antioch where Gutierrez exited.

Gutierrez crashed into a wall under the overpass at that location. Gutierrez immediately attempted to car jack another motorist, but was unsuccessful. A CHP officer challenged Gutierrez, who then pointed his gun at the officer. The officer fired one shot at Gutierrez, but he was not hit. The burgundy Honda is suspected to be stolen as well, but investigators have yet been able to confirm this.

Gutierrez ran south on Contra Loma Blvd toward the ARCO gas station on the corner of Contra Loma Blvd and Buchanan Road. Along the way he attempted to carjack several other motorists, but was unsuccessful. Gutierrez ran into the ARCO station where he took the 75 year old owner and his 48 year old employee hostage in a back office.

Area streets were cordoned off and businesses in the area were evacuated by the police. Antioch Police Department’s SWAT team was mobilized and quickly took command of the scene. Contact was established with Gutierrez by Antioch PD Hostage negotiators. Gutierrez made demands to arrange his escape and eventually released one of the hostages. Talks continued with Gutierrez for a little over 3 hours and ended with Gutierrez ultimately releasing the remaining hostage and surrendering. With the exception of Gutierrez complaint of an injured shoulder from one of his collisions, no involved parties were injured during this entire chain of events.

Gutierrez was also found to be wanted on a $300,000 warrant out of the city of Tracy for auto theft, carjacking and brandishing a weapon.

Gutierrez was booked into the Contra Costa County Jail in Martinez on an array of charges to include Assault with a deadly weapon, carjacking, kidnapping, auto theft and felony evading with a bail in excess of $1,000,000. Antioch Police Detectives plan on filing the case with the District Attorney’s Office tomorrow.

No further information will be released at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call Detective Vanderpool with the Antioch Police Department at (925) 779-6988. You may also text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH.

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