Single Vehicle Crash Leads to Homicide Investigation

January 17, 2012

On January 13 at 11:23pm, Mesa Police were dispatched to a report of a single-vehicle traffic collision into a residential structure located at 7 E. McLellan Road. The reporting party stated the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle was still inside the vheicle and gasping for air. When officers arrived at the scene, they found a Chevrolet pickup in the front yard of the dispatched address, up against the residence, with the vehicle's engine running and all the doors locked. Officers gained entry to the vehicle by breaking the driver's side window and were able to remove the victim from the vehicle. When Mesa Fire began treating the victim, they discovered he had a stab wound to his chest. The victim, an adult Hispanic male, was transported to Scottsdale Memorial Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Working over the weekend, detectives have identified the victim as Ramon Medina-Gutierrez, age 35, of Phoenix. Witnesses reported that prior to the accident, the victim's vehicle was traveling south on Center approaching McLellan and suddenly swerved to the left, across the northbound lanes and into the residence. As a result of the collision, a brick was propelled through a front window of the residence and a child was cut from the shattered glass. The cut was minor and no other injuries were reported.

Investigators currently have very little information as to where the victim was when he was stabbed and no suspect information. Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact Mesa Police at 480-644-2211 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.



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