For Immediate Release
May 22, 2018
FORT WORTH, Texas - On May 18, 2018, at 12:23 p.m., Fort Worth Police were dispatched to the Manitoba Apartments located at 8225 Calmont Ave., regarding a shooting call. The 911 caller reported that his neighbor was crying and that there was an unknown medical emergency at his residence. The caller’s wife was reportedly unconscious; the immediate call details were unclear due to a language barrier. Fort Worth Police were dispatched to the location and received the following summary of information and observations:
The husband of the victim, identified as Carlos Landa, was in extreme emotional distress and had a large amount of blood on his clothing.
The front entry door to apartment 2154 was kicked in, causing the door frame to shatter and the hinges to be pulled from the frame.
Immediately to the right of the entrance to the apartment was the body of a female, tentatively identified as Yesenia Gutierrez. She was observed lying face down in a pool of blood (near her head).
Emergency personnel arrived at the apartment and observed that Gutierrez appeared to have sustained a gunshot wound to the head. She was subsequently pronounced dead (at 12:38 p.m.).
A fired ammunition shell casing was observed lying on the carpet near the body of Gutierrez.
Two males wearing hooded shirts were seen running from the location.
At 12:43 p.m., Detective Barron, assigned to the Fort Worth Police Department’s Homicide Unit, was contacted by police communications. Detective Barron requested to contact the on-scene supervisor, Sergeant J. Burchfield. Detective Barron was briefed with the information and advised Sergeant Burchfield that Detective Barron and Detective O’Brien would respond to the location to assume responsibility for the investigation.
At approximately 1:10 p.m., Detective Barron and Detective O’Brien arrived on scene and received the following summary of additional details and noted the following details:
Apartment 2154 is a second story apartment in a multi-unit apartment complex. This particular apartment is located at the north end of the complex.
The victim Yesenia Gutierrez is a homemaker who had been home caring for her three-year-old child. Two additional elementary age children were in school.
The husband of the victim and father of her children, identified as Carlos Landa, was in the apartment and had a large amount of visible blood on his clothing. He allowed investigative personnel to enter and process the apartment.
Detective O’Brien and Detective Barron entered the apartment and observed the body of Gutierrez. They observed that she was lying face down in an area between the kitchen and living room, near the dining room table. A broken dining room table chair was positioned near her body, and she appeared to be clutching what was later identified as a chair cushion from one of the chairs.
Crime Scene Personnel arrived at the apartment and identified the head stamp on the fired shell casing as being stamped “RP” 9mm (Remington Peters Brand).
Carlos Landa reported that he was at work when he received a text message from his wife at approximately 11:05 a.m. The message asked him to answer his phone. Carlos responded to the text message, asking what was wrong.
Gutierrez did not respond back to the repeated text messages from Carlos. He became concerned and left work early to go home.
When Carlos Landa arrived home, he saw his apartment door was kicked in and saw his bleeding wife on the floor. He tried to assist and help his wife and was covered in her blood. He removed his three-year-old child from the apartment and requested that a neighbor call 911. The three-year-old child was unharmed.
Detective Barron spoke with a resident in the apartment located directly below the victim’s. Through the assistance of a Spanish speaking officer, the neighbor told Detective Barron that she heard “what sounded like a scuffle upstairs.” The scuffle caused a mirror, which was mounted to her living room wall, to shake. She then heard “what sounded like running footsteps” coming down the stairs connected to the second floor landing. She looked out of her living room window on the south side of her apartment and observed what appeared to be two people running south from the area through the complex. She believed these individuals were young and described them as having thin builds. She observed that one of the individuals was wearing a blue hooded shirt with the hood pulled over his head.
Homicide Detective J. Galloway spoke to the apartment maintenance man. The maintenance man also observed the two individuals running from the scene and lost sight of them near building 14.
Homicide Detectives O’Brien and K. Sullivan began canvassing the area for video surveillance. Detective Barron requested the assistance of the digital forensics unit to collect video from sources within the apartment complex and from the “Korner Food Store” located directly south and across the street from the crime scene.
Carlos Landa reported that his wife’s pink colored I-Phone 6 should have been with her. Crime scene search units determined that the phone was in fact missing from the apartment.
At approximately 3:00 p.m., Detective O’Brien and Detective Barron returned to the homicide office and began conducting research on area crime trends and the available video surveillance. The detectives coordinated with members of the department’s robbery and gang units. The units provided the two detectives with information related to two recently formed youth gangs operating in the Las Vegas Trail corridor. Some of the gang members were current suspects in “invasion style” robberies in the Las Vegas Trail area. Detectives were provided with a list of 27 names of suspected members or associates with these gangs.
At approximately 9:50 p.m., Detective Barron received a message from Homicide Sergeant G. Loughman in reference to individuals being detained by Gang Enforcement officers. Detective Barron made contact with Gang Enforcement Officer J. Ramsel and was provided with the following summary of information:
Officer Ramsel advised that he and additional gang officers had detained four persons in the 8300 block of Mojave Trail for traffic related violations.
They located a 9mm handgun and a silencer in the possession of an adult individual. They also located a loaded magazine belonging to that handgun in the possession of another individual. Two additional persons were also detained with these individuals.
Officer Ramsel was asked to check the head stamps on the ammunition in the weapon’s magazines. Officer Ramsel advised that the casings were stamped “RP 9mm” (Remington Peters).
Detective Barron concluded that the brand and caliber matched the fired casing located at the crime scene.
Detective Barron was told that the adult individual would meet and speak with him at the homicide office.
At approximately 10:40 p.m. Detectives Barron and O’Brien Detective conducted an interview in the homicide office. The following is a summary of the information that he provided.
<Adult> initially denied any knowledge of the murder that occurred.
<Adult> was ultimately administered a polygraph test. Among the questions he was asked was whether or not he had knowledge of the murder. He was shown to be deceptive in his answering of this question.
<Adult> ultimately told us that he had spoken to <juvenile> and <juvenile> in the hours following the murder. <Juveniles> told him that they had been walking in the breezeway near the apartment where the murder occurred.
<Adult> said that they<juveniles> saw the “lady” walk inside her apartment.
<Adult> said that they heard a single shot fired and that the husband killed his wife.
<Adult> said that they took off running.
<Adult> said that he began to put things together and that he took the handgun from <juvenile> because they were “running around doing stupid things.”
<Adult> said that the gun belonged to <juvenile> and that they were in process of moving it to another location when they were stopped by gang officers.
In a subsequent interview <adult> observed a still image obtained from a surveillance video near the homicide location. The image depicted two people appearing to be <juveniles> as they were walking toward the homicide location within approximately eight minutes of the time that Gutierrez had texted her husband asking him to answer the phone. One of the individuals in the still photos was clearly wearing a blue colored hooded shirt. <Adult> identified the images in the video still as being those of <juveniles>.
On May 19, 2018, at 3:52 p.m., Detective Barron was notified that firearms testing had been completed on the 9mm handgun. The results determined that the 9mm handgun was the same 9mm handgun that had fired the shell casing recovered at the scene of the murder.
At approximately 6:00 p.m., Detectives O’Brien and Barron located the first suspect. He agreed to meet with the detectives at the homicide office and provided the following summary of information:
****** confirmed that he is a 300 Crip Mafia gang member.
**** said that he had kicked the door in to the victim’s apartment.
**** said that after he kicked the door ***** entered the apartment first.
****** said that the lady was standing just inside of the door near a table.
***** said that he demanded her phone.
********** said that the lady willingly handed over her phone and that he walked outside of the door to wait on **********. He heard a gunshot, ********** came out of the apartment and they ran from the scene.
They later disposed of the phone with the pink colored case because they could not get it unlocked.
On May 20, 2018, at approximately 1030 a.m., Detective O’Brien located SUSPECT 2. He agreed to come to the homicide office with his mother and speak to detectives. He provided the following summary of information.
SUSPECT2 said that he and SUSPECT1 had looked in the window of the victim’s apartment and observed a video gaming device. They thought that it would be an easy “lick”.
********** kicked in the door and the woman was in the apartment.
******* and ********demanded her phone.
*********said the woman turned away from them and ********** raised the handgun pointing it to the back of her head. ********** fired one shot before they fled from the apartment.
Detective Barron previously confirmed on May 20, 2018, at approximately 0830 a.m., with the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office, that the entry wound entered the body through the back of her neck, killing Gutierrez.