Death threat sends cops into Wal-Mart with guns drawn

Staff Report

A “prank” that threatened the lives of a mother and her daughters led to police to surge into Wal-Mart with guns drawn Sept. 7.

Dennis Gutierrez, 52, was charged with inducing panic and aggravated menacing, according to a report made public this past week.

Around 7:30 p.m., he approached the trio at Wal-Mart and said, “You girls have beautiful hair.” A few minutes later, he returned and asked whether they “wanted to die today,” unzipped his coat, and began reaching in his pocket, the report said.

The mother yelled at her girls to run and they called 911 from their vehicle.

Police entered the store with weapons drawn, found Gutierrez sitting in the pharmacy, and held him at gunpoint.

Gutierrez told them “it was only a prank.”

“Yeah, I seen it on YouTube today and a guy was asking and I noticed after he did it that he was just asking younger males and people if they want to die tonight and he had a bottle of hair dye in his pocket and it was pretty funny, I thought, but I asked the wrong people,” he said, according to police. “It was something I never should of done and I felt bad after it and they had little kids there.”

In an arraignment the following day, Gutierrez pleaded not guilty. Bond was set at $2,000 and he was released Sept. 13.

The suspect has been banned from Wal-Mart. He is on house arrest except for court hearings, church in Lorain, and a Bible study in Oberlin.

Staff Report