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Fresno Sheriff’s Detectives Track Down Homicide Suspect in Ceres



Fresno County homicide suspect Miguel Gutierrez Jr., 41, was arrested Sunday, Aug. 6, 2023, in the Stanislaus County town of Ceres. (GV Wire Composite/Paul Marshall)
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A call by the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office last week for residents to be on the lookout for homicide suspect Miguel Luis Gutierrez Jr. has paid off.

On Sunday, detectives received a tip that Gutierrez was in the small Stanislaus County town of Ceres, sheriff’s spokesman Tony Botti said in a news release on Tuesday evening.

Detectives then coordinated with the Ceres Police Department, whose officers utilized an arrest warrant they had on file and arrested him outside a motel.

Gutierrez subsequently was transported to Fresno and charged with murder by the Fresno County District Attorney’s office.

On Aug. 1, shortly after 10:30 a.m., a homeowner on South Blythe Avenue between Easton and Raisin City found a dead man in the garage.

The victim was later identified as Ismael Orlando Herrera Jr., 39, who was homeless and often seen near Caruthers and Riverdale. Detectives determined that Gutierrez, 41, was
responsible for his death.

Have a Tip on This Case?

Detectives are continuing to work on this case, Botti said.

If you have additional information, contact detective Jesse Gloria at (559) 600-8217 or Valley Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-7867.

People providing tips to Crime Stoppers will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.



Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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