Victim’s threats, assaults may have led to fatal South Austin attack, affidavit says


1:50 p.m. update: Austin police say the attack on a man in South Austin on Sunday night may have been in retaliation for threats the victim made against a woman, her family and children days before his death, according to an arrest affidavit filed on Thursday.

The victim, 23-year-old Fabian Michael Gutierrez, was found badly injured at an apartment complex in the 500 block of East Stassney Lane around 9:30 p.m.

Witnesses told police they’d seen two men chase Gutierrez in a truck through the complex before they got out and assaulted him.

“A witness described seeing the two suspects lying on top of the victim, then getting up and running from the scene,” the affidavit said.

Gutierrez was rushed to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center after the attack, but he died from his injuries just before 10 p.m.

READ MORE: Police: 23-year-old identified as victim in Sunday slaying in South Austin

The Travis County medical examiner ruled his death a homicide caused by “sharp force injuries,” according to the document. 

The affidavit identified one of the suspects as 34-year-old Ricardo Santos, but failed to mention a second.

Santos faces a charge of murder, but he was not in custody at the Travis County Jail on Thursday afternoon, jail records show.

The affidavit said both Gutierrez and Santos were involved in a relationship with a woman with whom Santos had children.

The report said the woman had called police on several occasions between late September and early October to report that Gutierrez had assaulted her.

The affidavit said the woman told police she did not want Gutierrez to get away with what he had done, but wanted to handle it “the right way,” rather than the “street way.”

SEE ALSO: Police: Texas Tech student charged in shooting was ‘acting erratically’

Gutierrez was involved in another altercation with the woman on Oct. 7 and 8 in which she told police he had assaulted her mother, and threatened her and the children she’d had with Santos, the affidavit said.

Police said they believe Santos drove to the victim’s apartment with another man to confront Gutierrez and retaliate.

Investigators tracked Santos down and questioned him about the incident, but he denied having anything to do with it, the report said.

But in the days after the slaying, a witness came forward to tell police that Santos admitted to killing Gutierrez, and another told police he’d seen Santos do it, the affidavit said.

Murder is a first-degree felony punishable by five to 99 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Earlier: Austin police are seeking a man who they identified as a suspect in the fatal stabbing of a man in South Austin on Sunday.

The suspect, 34-year-old Ricardo Santos, faces a charge of murder in connection with the death of Fabian Michael Gutierrez, 23, according to an arrest affidavit filed on Thursday.

Police found Gutierrez badly injured in the 500 block of East Stassney Lane around 9:22 p.m. on Sunday.

He was taken to St. David's South Austin Medical Center for treatment, but died from his injuries just before 10 p.m.

Witnesses reporting two men chase Gutierrez just before police were called. 

This is a developing story, check back soon for more information.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

Hilda Montgomery defeats two for Round Rock council spot
Hilda Montgomery defeats two for Round Rock council spot

Hilda Montgomery, who works for Round Rock bell cow Dell Technologies, defeated two opponents Saturday in a special election to serve on the Round Rock City Council. Montgomery, a financial services project manager at Dell, had 55.8 percent of the vote in final but unofficial results from the Williamson County clerk. Hollis Bone came in second, at...
Bullet grazed child’s neck outside South Austin Torchy’s, officials say
Bullet grazed child’s neck outside South Austin Torchy’s, officials say

Austin police are investigating an incident in which a bullet grazed a 9-year-old’s neck Saturday afternoon outside a South Austin Torchy’s restaurant. Austin police and Austin-Travis County EMS officials said they received a call about the incident at about 12 p.m. outside of a Torchy’s at 4301 W. William Cannon Drive. EMS officials...
East Austin plaque unveiled to remember lynching victims
East Austin plaque unveiled to remember lynching victims

The details of the Travis County lynching in 1894, based on news accounts from the time, are discouragingly sparse. Even the victims’ names are lost to history. An African-American woman working as a nurse for a white family was jailed after one of the children in her care died. Two African-American men, for reasons no longer known, were arrested...
Texas GOP files suit to remove Blake Farenthold from ballot
Texas GOP files suit to remove Blake Farenthold from ballot

The Republican Party of Texas is suing the Texas secretary of state over an election filing deadline that prevents it from removing embattled U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold from the ballot. The move is in response to Farenthold’s announcement that he won’t seek re-election in the spring. Farenthold, whose district includes parts of Bastrop...
Trail of Lights, Winter Wonderland canceled tonight due to weather
Trail of Lights, Winter Wonderland canceled tonight due to weather

Organizers have canceled tonight’s events at Austin’s Trail of Lights, Circuit of the Americas’ Winter Wonderland and Buda’s Trail of Lights due to the rainy weather expected. “The forecasted weather conditions would limit the operation of many attractions and would dampen a festive atmosphere,” Circuit of the Americas...
More Stories