Car Chase & Shooting Suspects Arrested


Car Chase & Shooting Suspects Arrested

Friday afternoon Española Police arrested the two suspects wanted in the Aug. 5 car chase and shooting that resulted in the death of Jeannie Gutierrez, 35, from Albuquerque and Santa Clara Pueblo (see HERE for earlier story on the accident).

Following a tip called into police that the two suspects were seen at Lowe’s Grocery Store on Riverside Drive, Officer George Martinez drove into the parking lot and witnessed two individuals who matched the description of the suspects driving away from the store in a car. Officer Martinez followed and then performed a traffic stop and questioned the suspects. Both suspects gave false names but Officer Martinez was able to positively confirm the identity of Francisco Rodriguez (27 years old) and took him into custody. Rodriguez is suspected of being the driver of the truck involved in the Aug. 5 car chase and shooting.

Officer Martinez was not able to positively identify the second suspect and released him. However, soon after Officer Martinez arrived at the police station to book Rodriguez, the second suspect arrived in an apparent attempt to have his friend released. During that time Martinez and other officers were able to use various photos to ID the second suspect as Oswaldo Valenzuela (26 years old) and Martinez placed him under arrest.

Both Rodriguez and Valenzuela have been booked into police custody and are being held at the Rio Arriba Detention Facility in Tierra Amarilla. At this time Rodriguez is to be charged with Shooting At/From a Moving Vehicle, four counts of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and four counts of Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon. Valenzuela is also being help on a State Police warrant on previous narcotics charges.

The two arrested suspects are Francisco Rodriguez (27 years old) and Oswaldo Valenzuela (26 years old). Rodriguez is known to go by aliases including Jose Rodriguez, Jose Villegas and Jose Suarez. Valenzuela is suspected of being the passenger of the truck involved in the shooting and car chase.