A 27-year-old Cerro man was booked at the Taos County jail Wednesday night (Nov. 6) after he was accused of using a knife to threaten an ATM security guard outside the northside Allsup's near Taos Pueblo.
Jerry Lee Gutierrez is set to appear for an arraignment on Friday (Nov. 8) in Taos Magistrate Court on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon connected to the incident at the heavily trafficked gas station at the southern entrance to the pueblo.
Taos Police Chief David Trujillo said his officers received an initial call about a man with a knife around 6 p.m. The caller told a dispatcher that the armed man – who was later identified as Gutierrez – had approached him asking questions, but didn't make any explicit threats toward the caller.
About 6 minutes later, dispatchers received another report that the same armed man had held up a Loomis security guard, who was exiting the gas station mini mart after filling an ATM with cash.
After arriving on scene, the officers spoke with the security officer, who said the suspect had approached him asking for a ride in his armored truck, which was parked outside the Allsup's. When the officer refused, he said Gutierrez pulled out the knife and said, "Let me make this easy for you." After asking Gutierrez to step back several times, the security officer pulled his sidearm and pointed it at Gutierrez, continuing to shout commands. Gutierrez grabbed the slide of the weapon, prompting the security guard to fire a single round that missed Gutierrez.
The guard said his assailant ran off behind the gas station, then turned onto Paseo del Pueblo Sur and headed south toward Michaels' Kitchen.
The officers located the 27-year-old in the parking lot of the restaurant and placed him under arrest. They treated him for a minor injury Guiterrez had suffered to his hand, which Chief Trujillo believes was caused by the blowback of the slide when the shot was fired.
Gutierrez has little criminal history in Taos County, according to court records. In 2015, he was charged in a criminal damage to property case that was eventually dismissed.
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