Suspect arrested after exchanging gunfire during robbery of Cincinnati Reds prospect

GOODYEAR, AZ - FEBRUARY 18:  Pitcher Vladimir Gutierrez #83 of the Cincinnati Reds poses for a portait during a MLB photo day at Goodyear Ballpark on February 18, 2017 in Goodyear, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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GOODYEAR, AZ - FEBRUARY 18: Pitcher Vladimir Gutierrez #83 of the Cincinnati Reds poses for a portait during a MLB photo day at Goodyear Ballpark on February 18, 2017 in Goodyear, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Cincinnati Reds prospect Vladimir Gutierrez was the victim of a robbery attempt that involved a return of gunfire after he had lunch with his girlfriend in Florida.

The incident occurred April 20 after Gutierrez and his girlfriend Yanetsi Cordova left Sazon Latino, a restaurant on Mason Avenue in Daytona Beach, according to a report cited by Doug Gray of RedsMinorLeagues.com.

Restaurant owner Luis Sarubbi Escalona interrupted the two suspects and exchanged gunfire with them as they fled the scene. Neither Gutierrez or Cordova were injured.

One suspect, Palacio Farley, was arrested today. He is also wanted on attempted murder charges.

Law enforcement said it knows the other suspect, but isn’t releasing the name to the public.

Gutierrez plays for the Reds high-A affiliate Daytona Tortugas. Team spokesman Luke Mauro told the Daytona Beach News-Journal they had not heard of the incident.

“I’m so glad they got him,” Escalona told the paper. He said his restaurant staff has been worried about retaliation from the suspects after Escalona intervened to stop the robbery.

Gutierrez signed a contract with the Reds in September with a $4.75 million bonus.  The 21-year-old starter is 2-2 with a 4.10 ERA in five starts while striking out 32 and walking four.

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