Woman brutally beaten; 'Violent criminal' in custody

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'Violent criminal' on the loose

Police called to domestic-violence situation in Gilbert - Gilbert police were called out to a domestic-violence situation early Tuesday morning.

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UPDATE: Christopher Mcnutt was taken into custody on Monday afternoon at about 12:30 p.m. in the area of Baseline and Horne in Gilbert.

Police say his vehicle was located in a lot a couple of hours before the arrest. It has been impounded. A witness called police after seeing the suspect walking northnbound on McQueenn Road.

Officers responded to the scene and McNutt was taken into custody without incident as he walked out of an open field.

ORIGINAL STORY:

GILBERT -- Gilbert police evacuated a neighborhood while searching for a man allegedly armed with an AK47 late Monday night, but the suspect was nowhere to be found.

Police said the man they were looking for, now identified as Christopher McNutt, was violent and assaulted a woman not far from Gilbert and Guadalupe roads, where the situation came to an end.

Police say McNutt severely beat the 26-year-old female victim after she talked to another man in McNutt's presence. McNutt also threatened to kill the victim and her children. McNutt forced the woman into a nearby vacant townhome.

Sgt. Mark Marino said McNutt poured alcohol on the woman and threatened to set her on fire. The victim reportedly lost consciousness during the assault.

McNutt fled when witnesses and neighbors heard the victim's screams for help and began to intervene.

The victim was sent to the hospital with a head laceration and other injuries consistent with being kicked and punched.

Believing that McNutt would show up at a nearby home, police set up surveillance. At about 11:30 p.m., McNutt showed up at the home, police said.

Officers believed that McNutt removed an AK-47 rifle from the victim's apartment and evacuated the neighborhood as a precaution.

Marino said surveillance was set up on a house in the 300 block of West Princeton. A detective saw McNutt walking toward the covered carport area and fled into a hidden area when confronted by the detective.

McNutt was believed to have barricaded himself inside the home. Police served a search warrant, but McNutt was nowhere to be found.

It was later determined that McNutt had fled the scene prior to backup officers arrival and securing of the area.

The homeowner, Justin Oden, is not happy with how the situation played out.

"I'm a little angry," Oden said. "My house, my domain has been violated. I've been violated. My rights have been violated."

Police finally cleared the scene some five hours later.

During their search, police busted out a window and some furniture was overturned when SWAT officers when into Oden's home to search for McNutt.

Oden has been advised to get in touch with the city to determine who will pay for the damage and cleanup.

As for McNutt, he is wanted for aggravated assault and unlawful imprisonment. He is still on the loose and police say they believe he is armed and dangerous.

McNutt, 46, is described as 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighing about 180 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes, and might be driving a burgundy 1998 Ford Explorer with a possible plate of 220-ZFL.

Anyone who knows where McNutt is should contact the Gilbert Police Department or Silent Witness.

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