Man arrested on 6 counts of attempted murder in Bakersfield Molotov cocktail case

Marco Gutierrez accused of "firebombing" home

Bakersfield police have arrested one man and charged him with 6 counts of attempted murder in connection with the incendiary device that was thrown into a Bakersfield home.

At about 11:50 p.m. Tuesday, Bakersfield police officers were sent to a home in the 6200 block of Landfair Drive regarding the report of an object being thrown through the front window that smelled like gasoline.

Officers said they found an incendiary device, commonly known as a Molotov cocktail, that had been thrown through the front window of the home.

The device had been lit by the suspects prior to it being thrown through the window but had extinguished itself upon impact with the window screen and did not ignite inside the home, Sergeant Joe Grubbs said. 

Grubbs said another Molotov cocktail was thrown at the home, but that also failed to ignite.

Grubbs said the home was occupied by two adults and four small children one of whom is a special needs child. 

The investigation revealed that two suspects had thrown the Molotov cocktail through the window, Grubbs said.

The suspects also left behind at the scene two other Molotov cocktails that were not lit.

Grubbs said that officers were able to gather evidence at the scene revealing that 24-year-old Marco Gutierrez from Bakersfield and another person were responsible for the crime.

The motive for the firebombing appears to be domestic violence related, Grubbs said. 

A short time later, Grubbs said the Kern County Sheriff’s Office were sent to the 700 block Park Drive regarding a shooting.

Evidence at that scene indicated that Gutierrez and another suspect may also be responsible for that offense, Grubbs said.

At 2:55 a.m. Wednesday, Bakersfield police officers arrested Gutierrez without incident at Aldo’s Night Club located at 1900 Union Ave.

Gutierrez was arrested on six counts of attempted murder, four counts of possession of an incendiary device, attempted arson and Conspiracy.

He was booked into the Kern County Jail.

The investigation is on-going.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call Detective Ken Sporer at (661) 326-3275 or the Bakersfield Police Department at (661) 327-7111. 

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