GRAFTON, Wis. (WITI) -- An 18-year-old California woman suspected in the fatal stabbing of a Grafton man was charged with first degree intentional homicide Monday, May 6. The accused is Crystal Gutierrez.
According to a criminal complaint, on Friday, May 3, around 2:30 a.m., a 911 call came in from a woman from California who reported she’d received a text from her daughter pleading for help — texting the address of 902 Spring Street in Grafton. Police began searching the area and found a young woman running, wearing only a T-shirt, covered in blood and screaming for help. This woman was identified as Gutierrez, and the complaint noted she was “highly distraught.” She said she woke up, “family was standing around her” and she began stabbing Brent Fitch, 34, with scissors and a knife, and he was dead.
At the home, police found a blood trail beginning at the front door. Fitch was found lying face down on the floor in a bedroom.
Police initially said it was believed Gutierrez was in Grafton to meet or stay with Fitch.
An autopsy was being conducted Monday on Fitch at the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Grafton Police said this was the first homicide in the village since 1982.
Gutierrez appeared in Ozaukee County court on Monday. She was ordered held on $100,00 cash bond. Gutierrez is due back in court for a preliminary hearing on Friday, May 10.