Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
Ana Gloria Garcia Gutierrez (Arrested)
Address: 2701 34th St N., Apt 538, St. Petersburg
Arrested for Violation of the Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act, a second degree misdemeanor.
Deputies have served an arrest warrant on the woman who admitted to touching and riding a manatee at Fort Desoto Park in late September of 2012.
The warrant was served at about 9:22 a.m. on Saturday, November 24, 2012.
The woman was arrested at her place of employment, Sears at Tyrone Mall located at 6901 22nd Avenue North Street in St. Petersburg.
Deputies have arrested 53-year-old Ana Gloria Garcia Gutierrez on a warrant for Violation of the Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act.
The charges had been forwarded to the State Attorney’s Office for prosecution. The SAO issued an arrest warrant and the warrant was served at about 9:22 a.m. on November 24, 2012. Deputies located Garcia-Gutierrez at her place of employment; and arrested her without further incident.
On September 30, 2012, deputies received reports that an unknown female had been seen touching and riding a manatee at Fort Desoto Park. On October 2, 2012 following media coverage in an attempt to identify, Ana Gloria Garcia Gutierrez called the Sheriff’s Office Communications Center to turn herself in. Gutierrez admitted to the offense claiming she is new to the area and did not realize it was against the law to touch or harass manatees.
For further details on this case see press release 12-225.