Man sought in rape, murder of N.M. woman caught in Phoenix

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Carmel Gutierrez By Jennifer Thomas Carmel Gutierrez By Jennifer Thomas
Carmel Gutierrez By Jennifer Thomas Carmel Gutierrez By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- A man sought in a brutal murder in New Mexico has been arrested in Phoenix.

Carmel Gutierrez, 31, is accused of raping and beating a woman to death in Albuquerque on Aug. 14, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

Deputy marshals conducting surveillance on an apartment complex near 43rd Avenue and Thomas Road in Phoenix spotted Gutierrez riding a bike on Sunday.

Gutierrez fled from deputies as they attempted to arrest him, but he was caught a short distance away by Phoenix police officers.

Gutierrez was sought in the beating death of Mary Ellen Gutierrez, whose body was found partially concealed beneath a rug in a vacant lot. An autopsy concluded she died from severe head trauma.

A witness saw a man, later identified as Gutierrez, near the crime scene holding a bloodied rock or brick over his head. DNA evidence linked Gutierrez to the attack.

Authorities said the victim was not related to the suspect.

"Carmel Gutierrez is a depraved and violent sexual predator who should never walk free again," said David P. Gonzales, U.S. marshal for the District of Arizona. "The manner in which he murdered this victim after sexually assaulting her shocked and appalled even the most hardened law enforcement officers. We know that there are other victims and Gutierrez would have continued preying upon young women had he not been arrested."