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Wednesday, May 21 2014 07:31 PM

Reports: Domestic violence preceded attempted firebombing

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Marco Gutierrez is accused of throwing a Molotov cocktail into a home occupied by two adults and four children. This is him at his arraignment in Kern County Superior Court.

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BY RUTH BROWN Californian staff writer rbrown@bakersfield.com

Turbulence and outright violence plagued the relationship of Marco Gutierrez and his pregnant ex-girlfriend, whom he's accused of trying to firebomb with Molotov cocktails, according to allegations in police reports made available Wednesday.

Tires were slashed. Naked pictures were posted online. A restraining order was obtained.

It all culminated with Gutierrez, 24, being charged with six counts of attempted murder in connection with alleged attacks April 15 and 16, say police reports filed in Kern County Superior Court.

Gutierrez has pleaded not guilty. He told police he's innocent.

The newly released reports say Gutierrez attempted on April 15 to throw the incendiary devices at a residence in the 6200 block of Landfair Drive in southwest Bakersfield where his ex-girlfriend's family was.

They say the woman, whose name was redacted from the reports, is nine months pregnant with his child.

The first Molotov cocktail extinguished itself when it hit the house. A second was thrown but did not ignite and two others were left behind.

Two adults and four children were Inside the Landfair Drive home, the reports say. The male adult in the home told police he suspected it was Gutierrez because he and his sister-in-law, the ex-girlfriend, had been having ongoing problems. He said Gutierrez had previously vandalized the home.

Police and witnesses believe that hours after the Landfair Drive attack, Gutierrez went to the home of his ex-girlfriend's father in the 700 block of Park Drive in the southeast, and fired multiple times from a .40-caliber weapon.

The woman lives there but wasn't home at the time of the shooting. The bullets hit cars in the carport but did not injure anyone.

Police found six spent shells about 5 feet from the chain-link fence in front of the residence.

The woman had filed a domestic restraining order against Gutierrez but he hadn't been served when the attempted firebombing occurred, reports say. She told police she believed Gutierrez committed the crimes.

Gutierrez used to live at the Park Drive home but moved out when the relationship with the woman ended, according to reports.

Witnesses said Gutierrez had previously come to the Park Drive home and slashed the family's vehicles' tires and threatened to kill the woman.

The woman told police Gutierrez posted naked pictures of her on Facebook and harassed her through emails and Instagram. She said Gutierrez used steroids and they made him angry.

Gutierrez told police the ex-girlfriend harassed him, by vandalizing his vehicles. Someone had spray-painted profane words on his living room wall, though the reports don't name a suspect.

The Molotov cocktails were made using beer bottles, the reports also say. During questioning, police asked Gutierrez what kind of beer he drank and he initially said he did drink beer -- though later he told police he usually drank mixed drinks.

The reports also reveal that crime scene investigators learned April 17 that the palm print on one of the Molotov cocktail bottles matched Gutierrez's.

But in an interview with police, Gutierrez denied firebombing the house, saying he would never want to hurt his own child, referencing the baby his ex-girlfriend is carrying.

Gutierrez is being held on $2 million bail. His next court appearance is set for May 28.

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