House crash
On April 1, a robbery suspect fleeing from police struck another vehicle, which then slammed into the garage of a house in the 1400 block of West Cerrada Veracruz. Randy Metcalf/The Explorer

A robbery and police chase ended with one victim dead and a suspect charged with first-degree murder.

On Friday, April 1, Pima County Sheriff’s responded to a robbery at the Walgreen’s located at Ina and Oracle roads. Deputies noticed a car matching the description given by a witness traveling westbound on Ina, prompting police to follow the vehicle.

At that point, the suspect, 44-year-old Patrick F. Gutierrez, turned north on San Blas Drive, then west on Ellison Drive. Gutierrez then traveled onto La Cañada Boulevard and headed southbound. At the intersection of Ina and La Cañada, the suspect collided with a vehicle traveling eastbound on Ina. The struck vehicle spun around, traveled off the road and into the northwest corner of the intersection. It then slammed into the side of the garage of a house in the 1400 block of West Cerrada Veracruz.

The struck vehicle traveled through the wall and came to a stop inside the garage. The victim, 73-year-old Joseph Marques, was transported to a local hospital, where he died from injuries sustained in the accident.

Police continued to pursue the suspect for a short distance. The suspect’s vehicle came to a stop and the suspect ran off on foot. Police chased and caught the suspect, who is now in Pima County Jail on charges of first-degree murder, robbery, unlawful flight, two counts of endangerment, aggravated assault with injury, aggravated assault with injury for an individual under 15, leaving the scene of an accident with injury, and two counts of criminal damage.

Gutierrez’s grand jury was held yesterday.

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