Galveston Police Arrest Murder and Kidnapping Suspect
Officer’s Diligence Leads to Recovery of Victim and Arrest of Suspect
(Galveston, TX) – On July 20, 2012 the Galveston Police Department was alerted to the possibility of a Murder and Kidnapping suspect, Jackie Guthrie, hiding on the island. Witnesses recognized Mr. Guthrie after watching news reports stating that he is wanted out of Henderson County for the kidnapping of a woman and murder of a friend of hers who was attempting to stop the abduction.
At approximately 10:36 PM our officers responded to 30th and Seawall Boulevard where Mr. Guthrie was last seen. Officer Chris Sanderson was the first to arrive on scene and locate Mr. Guthrie and his victim. Officer Sanderson had to use buildings and vehicles as concealment to make an approach on Mr. Guthrie without being spotted. Officer Sanderson came to an open area and had to rush to close the distance before Mr. Guthrie could flee. Officer Sanderson was able to get within 20 feet of the suspect without his knowledge and gave commands to Mr. Guthrie to lie on the ground and surrender. Mr. Guthrie initially hesitated and the kidnapping victim assisted in convincing him to surrender.
Officer Sanderson held Mr. Guthrie at gunpoint on the ground until backup officers arrive to handcuff him. A search of his clothing revealed a loaded 9mm handgun that is believed to be involved in the murder.
The vehicle that that Mr. Guthrie drove was parked in the 3700 block of Seawall Boulevard behind the Motor Lodge. The vehicle was towed from the scene for processing. We want to commend the media, witnesses, officers, and Officer Sanderson for their role in apprehending this dangerous individual.