Springdale Police: Suspect Arrested In Connection With Crutcher Street Shooting

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SPRINGDALE (KFSM) -- Springdale police arrested a man Tuesday (August 18) on suspicion being involved in a shooting near an apartment complex on Crutcher Street on August 4.

Michael J. Gutierrez, 30, was arrested on suspicion of accomplice to a terroristic act, tampering with evidence and accomplice to criminal mischief, according to a statement from the department.

Gutierrez had indicated he possessed information on the shooting while being interviewed for unrelated charges, according to a police report. He and two women, Chalon Huddleson and Krystle Owens, were arrested August 6, each on numerous drug charges, arrest reports show.

The three suspects were arrested after they were pulled over by police with Gutierrez in the driver's seat, according to arrest reports. After running his name, the officer found Gutierrez was wanted on a warrant from New Mexico probation and parole, the arrest reports state.

Police searched the car and found 30.3 grams of methamphetamine, 1.4 grams of marijuana, 1.8 grams of cocaine, eight hydrocodone pills, a methamphetamine pipe, marijuana pipe, a scale, small baggies and a Ruger pistol with a loaded magazine and one round in the chamber, which had been stolen from Washington County, according to the arrest reports.

Gutierrez was being held on $55,000 bond at the Washington County Detention Center when he suggested he had information about the shooting on Crutcher Street, records show. He was already facing charges of possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, theft by receiving, simultaneous possession of drugs and a firearm, possession of a firearm by certain persons and the warrant out of New Mexico, according to records.

When investigators interviewed him on Tuesday, Gutierrez originally denied any involvement in the shooting, but later confessed to being the driver of the vehicle used during the incident, the arrest report states. The additional charges of accomplice to a terroristic act, accomplice to criminal mischief and tampering with evidence have been added, jail records show. Gutierrez is scheduled to be in court on August 21 and authorities have requested a $100,000 bond, according to records.

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