A 22-year-old man suspected of deliberately driving his SUV into a group of police cadets has been released from custody.
Nicholas Joseph Gutierrez was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder of peace officers related to a Wednesday crash that injured 25 law enforcement recruits.
According to jail records, Gutierrez was released due to insufficient evidence a crime was committed.
“Due to the extreme complexity of the investigation, which includes ongoing interviews, video surveillance review, and additional evidence needed to be analyzed, homicide investigators have released Mr. Gutierrez from the Sheriff’s Department custody,” a news release from authorities said.
The case was expected to be presented to the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office on Friday.
“We operate under prosecutor George Gascón. We definitely have grave concerns about his ability to prosecute,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva told NewsNation. “We are actually going to provisionally release him (Gutierrez) until we can have the case iron-clad, iron-proof, and submitted to the DA for filing consideration.”