By Stephen Tool, MCIN Staff
Timely tips from the Fallon Police Dept. and Churchill County Sheriff’s Dept. led to the arrest of Miguel Gutierrez, the main suspect in the stabbing that took place at the El Capitan Lodge and Casino in the early morning hours of April 5.
Mineral County Deputy Kyle Leslie received a tip at about 6 p.m. April 10 indicating that Gutierrez was seen as a passenger in his Hawthorne landlord’s car. Police called the landlord, and learned Guiterrez was dropped off at his own home in Hawthorne.
Sheriff Handte had just gone off duty and started to relax when he heard over the radio that deputies Bret Charlie and Kyle Leslie were responding to a residence off H Street. Handte texted Leslie and learned that Gutierrez was inside his residence at 704 H St.
By the time Handte arrived on the scene, deputies Leslie and Charlie had Gutierrez in custody. Handte said that Gutierrez offered no resistance and told the group he had planned on turning himself in. “Too late, we took care of it for you,” Handte responded.
Guiterrez was lodged in the Mineral County jail on charges of battery with a deadly weapon with substantial bodily harm. His bail was set at $50,000.
Handte said that although the two main suspects of the stabbing are in custody, police are still searching for other individuals indirectly involved in the incident.
Handte said he plans to send the Fallon Police Dept, and the Churchill County Sheriff’s Dept. a thank you letter for their invaluable help. “We had very good and persistent police work by all of us. Through mutual cooperation, we were able to arrest the two main suspects inside of a week,” Handte said.