Prescott trespassing suspect: Cartel was out to kill me

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Michael Gutierrez By Andrew Michalscheck Michael Gutierrez By Andrew Michalscheck

PRESCOTT, Ariz. -- An Avondale man who was arrested for trespassing in Prescott claims that he was on the run from a Mexican cartel that wanted him dead.

Late Tuesday night, 42-year-old Michael Gutierrez allegedly broke a window at a Prescott home and then kicked in the front door.

According to Prescott police, the homeowner told Gutierrez to leave the home before he realized that the intruder was his wife’s cousin.

The homeowner told police they had no relationship with Gutierrez and hadn’t seen him in years.

Prescott police arrived at the home and took Gutierrez into custody.

The homeowner went on to tell police that Gutierrez had told him that he was running from a cartel that was trying to kill him.

Police said Gutierrez then told them that he had been hired by a Mexican cartel to kill a family of four in Phoenix, but he wouldn’t do it because two of the targets were children.

Gutierrez was taken to the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde on charges of felony criminal trespass and criminal damage.

While in custody, police said they also discovered that Gutierrez was in possession of methamphetamine.

Authorities then added an additional charge of felony possession of a dangerous drug.

Police said they plan to interview Gutierrez about his statements concerning the family in Phoenix.