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Pendleton man arrested after terrorizing Milton-Freewater neighborhood with guns

A Pendleton man was arrested early Thursday morning, in Milton-Freewater, after he reportedly terrorized a Milton-Freewater neighborhood with multiple firearms.  Ricardo Lara Guttierez, 23, is the person police say is responsible for the second firearms related incident occurring in Milton-Freewater this week.  On Tuesday, a Milton-Freewater man was arrested after he discharged a firearm across the road from a local school and then assaulted a police officer who was investigating.

Ricardo Lara Guttierez
Ricardo Lara Guttierez (Photo courtesy of Umatilla County Jail)

The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office received multiple phone calls reporting gun shots around 2:00am on Thursday, in the area of Ruby Lane in Milton-Freewater.  As law enforcement officials responded, they found a homeowner off Crocket Road wrestling with Guttierez.  The homeowner had reportedly found Guttierez in an outbuilding on his property.  Guttierez threatened to shoot the homeowner.  That’s when a deputy deployed a taser and Guttierez was placed under arrest.  Police say they recovered a handgun and rifle from Guttierez.

Police say as they followed up on the phone calls made during the incident, one resident reported hearing a car door shut around 2am.  That’s when they saw someone enter their vehicles.  A homeowner admitted to firing a warning shot “into the air” in an attempt to scare the man away.  In response, the homeowner  heard four gunshots from the southeast of the residence.  Police later found three vehicles with apparent bullet holes in them.  They say they believe Guttierez was responsible.

Law enforcement officers say they also contacted a resident on Didion Lane, who reported a male had entered her residence through an unlocked front door.  The subject reportedly entered her bedroom and demanded her vehicle. She told the male to leave three times before he left. She reported a window in her vehicle had been broken.

In a press statement, the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office said they “[do] not have any reason to believe there is an additional threat to the public.”  Guttierez was lodged at the Umatilla County Jail on multiple felony and misdemeanor charges including first degree burglary, first degree robbery, first degree kidnapping, first degree criminal mischief, pointing a firearm at another, three counts of criminal trespass with a firearm, menacing, resisting arrest, unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle, and numerous outstanding warrants.  He is currently being held on a $391,000 bail.

Brandon Jones

Brandon Jones

Brandon has worked in journalism and media for over a decade in various capacities. The highlights of his career include documenting the evolution of queer culture in the American south, and covering politics and government on the Texas border.

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