An investigation into vandalism at a local hotel Friday night led to five young adults being charged with misdemeanors — with one of them adding a felony for allegedly escaping from police custody.
Francisco Gutierrez, 19, was apprehended shortly after 10:30 p.m. May 22 as he and four other young men fled the hotel and ignored a deputy’s command to stop.
Gutierrez and another man were apprehended trying to jump a fence. Two other men were arrested at a local motel and the fifth man was arrested at yet another motel.
A Moab Police officer in his affidavit of probable cause said he handcuffed Gutierrez and seat-belted him into the back of his patrol unit before going to speak to a witness. When he returned the officer discovered his arrestee had escaped through the window.
Gutierrez might have made good on his escape, but he apparently forgot he previously told the officer the name of the motel at which he was staying.
A motel employee gave a Moab Police sergeant the room number and as he made his way to room 315 he reportedly heard from with the room a male voice say he, “escaped through the window of the cop car and that these cuffs were hard to try and get off.”
The sergeant called for backup. Gutierrez and another man were in the room and both were taken into custody.
In addition to the felony charge of escape from official custody, Gutierrez and the other four men were charged with misdemeanor counts of failure to stop at the command of law enforcement and criminal mischief.