CLEWISTON — On Dec. 29, 2020, Hendry County Deputies responded to 6480 Flaghole Road, in the area of Flaghole/Montura Ranch area after receiving a report of an armed robbery.
The victim, a 16-year-old male, had arranged to meet 24-year-old Javier Daniel Gutierrez-Rentas, of Clewiston, to conduct a drug transaction. When Gutierrez-Rentas arrived to meet with the victim, Gutierrez-Rentas exited his vehicle greeting the victim at the driver side window, pointing a handgun at him.
Gutierrez-Rentas forced the victim to surrender his phone, cash and jewelry he had in his possession. He then told the victim to leave the area.
The victim called 911 from a local business in the area to report the armed robbery.
When deputies arrived information was gathered and they were later able to locate the firearm laying in the roadway in Montura Ranch Estates.
Deputies attempted to locate Gutierrez-Rentas with negative results.
At approximately 4:30 p.m, Montura Ranch Estates Deputy Dominguez received information that Gutierrez-Rentas would be at Joey’s Pizza in Flaghole during that time.
At approximately 5 p.m., deputies located the suspect and took him into custody. Gutierrez-Rentas was arrested on charges of robbery by sudden snatching with firearm, grand theft and possession of weapon or ammo by convicted Florida felon.
Gutierrez-Rentas is currently being held in the Hendry County Jail on $85,000 bond.