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Deputies seek man to question in weapons case

Posted: May 25, 2010 1:41 p.m.
Updated: May 25, 2010 1:30 p.m.

If you've seen 21-year-old Johnny Martinez of Newhall, contact the SCV Sheriff's Station's COBRA team at (661) 799-5176.

Detectives from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station's COBRA Team seek 21-year-old Johnny Martinez of Newhall for questioning in a weapons possession case.

On Friday, May 14, detectives from the SCV Sheriff's Station's COBRA team were patrolling in the area of the 22300 block of 2nd Street, Newhall, when they recognized two gang members who they knew to be on parole, walking in an alley, according to a report from the station.

The detectives stopped to investigate. One suspect ran. When he climbed over a nearby wall, detectives saw that he was carrying a gun in his hand. They followed his path and found a loaded gun lying on a driveway on Race Street. Although deputies and detectives combed the area, the suspect was not located.

The second suspect, Juan Gutierrez, 29, who stayed at the location, was arrested after it was discovered that he was carrying a knife in his pocket. He was booked at the Santa Clarita Valley Station on felony of charges of possession of a deadly weapon. He is being held in lieu of $1,060,000 bail pending future court proceedings.

Detectives are still seeking information on the whereabouts of Johnny Martinez. Martinez has family living in the 24600 block of Newhall Avenue and a last known address in the 22300 block of 2nd Street, Newhall. He may frequent both locations. Once apprehended, Martinez, could face multiple felony charges including being a convicted felon in possession of a loaded firearm.

Anyone with information regarding this crime or the whereabouts of Martinez is asked to immediately dial 9-1-1 or call the SCV Sheriff's Station at (661) 255-1121.

Specific information regarding the case can be directed to Detective Dorman of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station's COBRA team at (661) 799-5176. Please do not contact the detective directly unless you have information pertaining to the crime.

For anonymous tips please call the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff Station's Crime Tip Line at 661-284-2TIP (2847) or report online at


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