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Police radio incident being investigated

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Chief: Suspect made threats

By Tom McDonald

An investigation is continuing into charges that a man interfered with Las Vegas Police Department radio communications and threatening officers and their families, according to Chief Christian Montaño.

Estevan Gutierrez of Las Vegas apparently got hold of a police radio and was using it. He was arrested last Wednesday and held on an outstanding arrest warrant while police continued to investigate the incident. Additional charges may be filed after an joint investigation with FCC agents, Montaño said.

Separate narcotics trafficking charges were also filed, the chief added.

After some back-and-forth radio communications between Gutierrez and police officers, Gutierrez was found at 714 University, the chief said. While attempting to escape, Gutierrez entered an apartment attic and broke into another apartment, Montaño said.

“Pepper spray was used to flush him out,” Montaño stated. “(He) then surrendered with hands up and no force was used.”

“We take these types of matters very seriously and will do what is necessary to protect the community and officers from these types of offenders,” Montaño stated.

“I am very pleased with the level of cooperation we received from the feds as well as DA (Richard) Flores and ADA (Tom) Clayton,” Montaño said.