SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), San Francisco Field Division Acting Special Agent in Charge Eric D. Harden announced the arrest of Juan Gutierrez.
Gutierrez, 41, of Santa Clara was arrested yesterday on federal charges at his home. According to the criminal complaint, Gutierrez is charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, and manufacturing firearms without a license. In early March, ATF agents initiated an investigation of the criminal activities of Gutierrez, who is a member of the California State Militia, South Bay Platoon.
On this same date, ATF Agents served a search warrant at Gutierrez’s residence, where two AR Type firearms, a pistol and a 308 rifle, without serial numbers, and over 1000 rounds of ammunition were seized.
A criminal complaint is merely an allegation and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. This investigation was conducted by ATF. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney, Marissa Harris.