Suspects Named In Fatal Car Chase


Suspects Named In Fatal Car Chase

Monday afternoon, Española Police Corporal Daniel Espinoza released the names of two suspects wanted in relation to the car chase and shooting of Jeannie Gutierrez, 35, from Albuquerque and Santa Clara Pueblo, who was the driver of a van chased by a truck Wednesday afternoon, August 5 on Riverside Drive. The chase ended in a fatal crash at the intersection of Fairview and Railroad where Gutierrez was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of injuries sustained after her van struck a Saturn SUV (Read previous article HERE).

Española Police are looking for the driver and passenger of the vehicle believed to be involved in the chase and crash. The driver of the other vehicle involved has been identified as Jose Francisco Rodriguez born on 2/2/1988 (27 years old) whom is also known to go by the following aliases: Jose Rodriguez, Jose Villegas and Jose Suarez. Police are also looking for the the passenger of the truck and suspected shooter, Oswaldo Valenzuela (26 years old). Jose Rodriguez was previously arrested by State Police but never charged with a crime. Oswaldo Valenzuela was previously arrested in 2009 and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and possession of alcohol. Both suspects are believed to be Mexican Nationals.

Based off interviews with the three surviving passengers in Gutierrez’s van, police were able to secure a search warrant for the driver of the truck and executed the warrant Friday morning at the residence of Jose Rodriguez on Ramsey Road in Cuartelez.

Police arrived at the home of Rodriguez around 11:00 a.m. Friday and found no one home. Neighbors reported that both suspects had been seen at the home earlier that day.

Adrian Martinez, the owner of the truck suspected of being involved in the chase, has met with police multiple times and is reported to have cooperated fully. Corporal Espinoza noted that, “Martinez says he lent his truck to the two suspects the night before the incident.”  Martinez explained that, “he had a cut on his leg making it difficult to drive the large truck so he lent it to the suspects and used a car for his own transportation.”

Upon arrest both suspects are facing nine charges; four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, four counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and one count of shoot a firearm at or from a moving vehicle.

Police believe the suspects are aware that arrest warrants have been issued and are attempting to evade capture. If seen, please contact the Española Police Department at 505-753-5555 or 505-747-6002.