PD: Ring video helps police capture Phoenix apartment arsonist

Phoenix Fire
Posted at 8:00 AM, Oct 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-12 11:00:27-04

PHOENIX — Ring video helped police capture an alleged shed and car arsonist at a Phoenix apartment complex.

On October 6, just before midnight, the Phoenix Fire Department responded to a fire at the Villa De Paz apartments near 103rd Avenue and Camelback Road for a shed fire.

When they arrived, they found a vehicle also on fire in the parking lot. Firefighters put out the shed fire while a citizen extinguished the car fire.

A witness contacted investigators saying his video showed a man near the car right before it burst into flames. Police say they reviewed the footage and saw a man carrying a cup and walking towards the car and then running away after it caught fire.

Investigators say Brandon Christopher Gutierrez, 23, came out of his apartment wearing the same clothing as the man in the video. Police identified Gutierrez as the arsonist.

When questioned, Gutierrez allegedly told police that he didn't remember setting the fires but admitted to "drinking heavily" and being addicted to Xanax.