22-year-old Nicholas Joseph Gutierrez, the man accused of running over more than 25 Los Angeles sheriff recruits deliberately with an SUV, has been released from jail less than a day later.
“Due to the extreme complexity of the investigation, which includes ongoing interviews, video surveillance review, and additional evidence needed to be analyzed, homicide investigators have released Mr. Gutierrez from the Sheriff’s Department custody,” authorities said in a release.
From The New York Post:
Nicholas Joseph Gutierrez, who was charged with attempted murder of a peace officer, was released at 9:49 p.m. Thursday, according to jail records that cited an insufficient complaint, CNN reported.
LA County Sheriff’s Deputy Deanna Mares told CNN that Gutierrez was sprung because investigators need more time to collect evidence for the district attorney’s office.
“It’s not like they arrested the wrong suspect,” Mares told CNN. “They just want to make sure the investigation is going to be complete.”
The sheriff’s department must normally present a case to the DA within 48 hours of an arrest and the investigators were not ready to do that with Gutierrez, she explained.
Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Gerardo Magos told the LA Times that authorities plan to arrest Gutierrez and present the case to the DA’s office once they develop the case further.
“The evidence is there. We just want to make sure it’s properly presented,” he said.
The suspect’s initial arrest has been deemed a detention, according to the LA Times.
More over at The New York Post:
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