Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Violent Sex Offender Suspected of Brutally Beating a Lake County Woman Known to Frequent Willits

WARNING: This article contains written descriptions of sexual violence and graphic images of the assaulted women are at the bottom of the article underneath the editor’s note. Reader discretion is advised. 

62-year-old Arturo Gutierrez the man suspected of assaulting a Lake County woman [Photographs provided by Christy Mack Wisdom]

62-year-old Upper Lake man Arturo Gutierrez, a registered sex offender with a history of violence, is wanted by Lake County law enforcement for his connection to the brutal beating of a woman on the night of Thursday, August 18, 2022. 

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office announced via social media that a $500,000 warrant has been issued for his arrest. Authorities specified Gutierrez is known to frequent Willits, across the Mendocino County line. 

Christy Mack Wisdom, a Willits resident and sister to the woman allegedly assaulted by Gutierrez, told us he grew up in Willits and has many connections throughout Mendocino County including Fort Bragg and Philo. 

Wisdom continues to care for her sister a week and a half after her sister says Gutierrez beat her for three hours before she escaped. According to Wisdom, her sister managed to push Gutierrez down, flee, and hide in the wildland abutting Gutierrez’s property near the 1700 block of Bride Arbor Road. She was covered in bruises and contusions and suffered both a concussion and a fractured eye socket.

Gutierrez’s capacity for violence is documented. In 2012, he hired a 22-year-old developmentally-disabled man from Ukiah to trim cannabis on his Upper Lake farm. After the young man accidentally damaged Gutierrez’s vehicle, Gutierrez physically and sexually assault him for upwards of two weeks. At times, Gutierrez locked his victim in a cannabis-drying shed, beat him with firewood, and forced him to commit sexual acts.

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Gutirrez would spend approximately seven years in prison for these crimes before emerging from prison as a registered sex offender considered “well above average risk” of reoffending, as per assessment results made public by California’s Megan’s Law.

Wisdom’s sister continues to heal after being assaulted. Her sister says she continues to suffer from panic attacks, anxiety, and confusion. Due to her fractured eye socket, she is seeing a specialist. 

The black Harley Davidson Gutierrez could be currently driving [Photograph from Christy Mack Wisdom]

Gutierrez could be driving a black Harley Davidson motorcycle. He is approximately 5′ 04″ and 130 lbs. He has blue eyes, and graying hair, and recent photographs show him wearing a red hat.

Lake County Sheriff’s Office is requesting assistance from the community in locating 62-year-old Arturo Gutierrez. If you have any information as to his whereabouts, call their dispatch at (707) 263-2690.

Editor’s Note

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men experience sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner during their lifetimes.

The following are domestic violence resources available in Mendocino County and surrounding areas:

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  1. Last I read this guy was the last to see a woman that had gone picking blackberries then was reported missing near the golf course in cob. Is this that woman or is he connected to another case. Missing woman case?? I don’t remember her name.

    • The missing woman’s name is Goldie Morse, but I’ve not heard of any connection between the two. Although I will say that my mind did however go there when I read this article this morning.
      I knew Goldie when we were much younger, she was a very sweet girl in those days and was very trusting. I am hoping upon hope that she is found safe and sound, and very soon.

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