Schumer Statement On Return Of Robin Valentin Accused In 2001 Slaying Of Livery Cab Driver Jose Gutierrez To Ny Today
Formerly one of NYPD's Most Wanted, Valentï¿½n arrived from Belgium today
Valentin fled to Dominican Republic in 2001 and was caught in November
Upon arrival in the US Friday, Valentin will be arraigned, formally charged with murder and held to in jail to stand trial in the Bronx
US Senator Charles E. Schumer today praised the City, County, and Federal law enforcement officers who helped capture Robin Valentï¿½n who was one of the NYPD's Most Wanted Criminals for allegedly murdering Josï¿½ Gutiï¿½rrez, an auxiliary police officer in the 44th Precinct in The Bronx, in August 2001 and delivered him to back to New York today. Valentï¿½n fled to the Dominican Republic shortly after the killing and was captured in Belgium in November. At Schumer's urging, the US Marshals Service and Interpol had made Valentï¿½n's capture one of their highest priorities. Now that he has returned to New York, he was be jailed today and charged for murder at Bronx's 45th Precinct House.
"This is another step forward to bring justice within reach for the members of Josï¿½ Gutiï¿½rrez' family, who have suffered so long. We've waited so long for Valentï¿½n to be in our hands, and now that he is returning to New York we all look forward to him getting what he deserves in a New York City courtroom,"Schumer said. "From the US Marshals to the FBI to the NYPD to the Bronx County DA, it took incredible coordination and teamwork from the men and women in law enforcement to capture Valentï¿½n and bring him back. Without them, we would not be on the road to a final and just trial."
Josï¿½ Gutiï¿½rrez, 23, was a hardworking young man and drove a livery cab to pay his tuition and expenses at John Jay College, where he was a student. In September 2001, he was supposed to start at the Police Academy. On April 22, 2001, Gutiï¿½rrez was driving his cab and accidentally bumped the exhaust pipe of a motorcycle belonging to a group of bikers. Later, the bikers caught up to him and after harassing Gutiï¿½rrez and damaging his car, Valentï¿½n allegedly stabbed him in the neck and then fled to the Dominican Republic.
In August 2002, after Valentï¿½n's extradition had been delayed repeatedly, Schumer asked Secretary of State Colin Powell to pressure the Dominican government to arrest and extradite Valentï¿½n. In February 2003, Schumer brought the matter directly to the President of the Dominican Republic in a facetoface meeting in Santo Domingo.
Following that meeting, Schumer got the US Marshals service and Interpol to make this case one if its highest priorities, because it was felt that Valentin had fled the Dominican Republic and was hiding somewhere else in the world.
The NYPD's Fugitive Task Force and the US Marshal's service tracked Valentï¿½n to Belgium. After they had conclusive audio and video confirmation that he was there, they and local law enforcement officials took him into custody in November.
Schumer highlighted the following agencies whose work was integral to Valentï¿½n's capture and extradition: the US Marshals Service Investigative Service Division, the US Marshals Service International Investigative Unit, the US Marshals Service New York Office, the US Marshals Service New York Task Force, the New York Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, Interpol, and the Bronx County District Attorney's Office.