Patterson man arrested in north state armed robbery
by Jonathan Partridge | Patterson Irrigator
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Ignacio Gutierrez-Valle
Ignacio Gutierrez-Valle
NOTE: The updated version of this article contains corrected information about the suspect's name.

A Patterson man was arrested in Shasta County last week on suspicion of robbing a woman and her son at gunpoint, according to Anderson police.

Ignacio Gutierrez-Valle, 27, of Patterson, was booked into Shasta County Jail under the name Valle Ingacio Gutierrez on Thursday, Aug. 23 on several charges, including robbery, burglary and vehicle theft.

Anderson Police Department reports indicate that Gutierrez-Valle was driving a stolen blue-green Toyota RAV4 that matches the description of a vehicle involved in an Aug. 20 carjacking and shooting east of Patterson that left another Patterson man with critical wounds.

However, local police have said they had not confirmed whether Gutierrez-Valle was considered a suspect in that case.

“We are aware of the arrest, but (detectives) have to do some follow-up investigation,” said Sgt. Anthony Bejaran of the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department on Tuesday, Aug. 28.

As of Thursday, Aug. 30, Anderson police were still waiting on information from the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department regarding the shooting and carjacking, according to Captain Robert Kirvin of the Anderson Police Department.

Anderson police arrested Gutierrez-Valle at 1:44 p.m. Aug. 22 in the Walmart parking lot at 5000 Rhonda Road in the city of Anderson, said Sgt. Sean Miller of Anderson Police Department.

Gutierrez-Valle was initially booked on suspicion of robbery and possession of stolen property. However, information from Shasta County Sheriff’s Department shows additional charges of burglary, vehicle theft, willful cruelty to a child, carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle and driving on a suspended license have been filed.

In addition, Miller noted that Gutierrez-Valle was wanted on a Stanislaus County warrant.

The suspect is being held in Shasta County Jail on $1.05 million bail.

The woman and woman and her toddler son were robbed at 8:57 a.m., according to a release from the Anderson Police Department.

A police log from Shasta County Sheriff’s Department, which assisted Anderson police, indicates that a man in a Toyota or Honda SUV pulled up next to the victim’s vehicle as she was taking her child out of the car in a parking lot off of Balls Ferry Road and demanded that she give him her purse. When the woman turned around, she saw that he was pointing a handgun at her, according to the sheriff’s log. The man was wearing black clothing and black sunglasses, the sheriff’s report stated.

Officers could not find the suspect’s vehicle after an extensive check of the area with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol air operations, according to the release from the Anderson Police Department.

As a result, officers issued a “Be on the Lookout” (BOLO) for the suspect and associated vehicle.

At about 1:07 p.m., Anderson police were in the area of Walmart in Anderson when they found found a vehicle that appeared to be the suspect's vehicle occupied by a single Latino man. Officers approached the man and learned his identity. They found him in possession of a loaded handgun that matched the description provided by the victim of the robbery. Police also found the victim's purse while searching the vehicle as well as evidence linking Gutierrez-Valle to crimes in other areas, according to the release.

After checking the vehicle identification number of the vehicle, officers determined it was reported stolen from Stanislaus County. They also determined his gun had been stolen several years ago from Tehama County.

Gutierrez-Valle's arrest came just two days after a shooting and carjacking outside Patterson left John Tenbrink, a 46-year-old Patterson resident, with injuries that required hospitalization.

Police received word at about 1 p.m. Aug. 20 that someone had found Tenbrink shot next to a cornfield on Orange Avenue just west of Ash Avenue. Tenbrink told detectives at the scene that his green Toyota SUV had been stolen.

As of last week, Tenbrink was in critical but stable condition in an area hospital, according to the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department. The sheriff’s department did not have further details about his condition this week.

Jonathan Partridge can be reached at 892-6187 or

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