OKC Security Guard Arrested On Gun, Drug Charges


Friday, February 15th 2013, 4:25 pm
By: News 9


Oklahoma City police bust a security guard on gun and drug charges. That guard was believed to have been on duty at the time of his arrest.

2/15/2013 Related Story: OKC Security Guard Arrested After Police Find Marijuana, Loaded Gun In His Car

Police say they noticed the guard making an improper turn along Reno, so they pulled him over. Police say the suspect did not want officers to know that he was packing a loaded hand gun.

It's probably fair to say 22-year-old Benjamin Zane Gutierrez's security guard career is over.

"[Officers] asked him if he was armed," said Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow with Oklahoma City police. "Obviously, that was a concern of [the officers] for their safety."

It was a standard question and the answer and a quick, "no" from Gutierrez, according to police.

"[Officers] did spot a handgun in the driver's side door," Wardlow said. "Of course, at this time, [Gutierrez did decide to come clean."

Gutierrez was also picked up for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia as well as a suspended license. Police say the suspect was dressed in a security guard uniform at the time of his arrest.

Elite Security out of south Oklahoma City is the company who hired Gutierrez as a sub-contractor. News 9 wanted to know what kind of screening process Elite Security uses to hire armed guards, but the company didn't give comment.

A manager at Elite Security told News 9 they hired Gutierrez during several special events, and he no longer works for the company.

Gutierrez is currently out of jail. He told News 9 via phone that he would go on camera to talk about the arrest, but he did not honor that commitment.

Police say they were able to take Gutierrez into custody without any issues.