GLOUCESTER COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — A cable technician arrested in August for allegedly stealing from customers and then running them over appeared in court Thursday.
Judge Stephanie Merritt dropped one of the felony charges against Christopher Lee Gutman during the hearing.
He was in court for a preliminary hearing on a felony charge of grand larceny and separate hit-and-run charges. Meritt dropped one of the hit-and-run charges.
Police say he was working as a contracted Cox technician and had taken a ring out of a home.
According to witnesses in court Thursday, when the homeowners noticed it missing, they called him and asked him about it.
Some kind of confrontation happened, and Gutman returned to his car.
One witness, who is a friend of the homeowner, said they tried to see what else Gutman had in his bag and they tried stopping him from leaving because police were on the way.
The witness says he and the homeowner tried to keep Gutman from closing his car doot. That’s when he sped out, hit two of them,and running over the homeowner.
The homeowner suffered severe injuries.
An investigator with Gloucester County testified that after leaving, Gutman drove through the area before returning and spotting an unmarked police car. The investigator says some type of communication happened between the officer and Gutman and he was then arrested.
Deputies discovered that Gutman is also a wanted fugitive out of Kentucky. He has a suspended driver’s license in Kentucky, but does not have one in the state of Virginia.
Gutman’s attorney argued to have one of those hit-and-run cases dropped because they stem from the same incident. Judge Merritt agreed, and dropped the charge.
10 On Your Side spoke with Gutman’s attorney outside the courtroom who says many are upset because he was working as a cable technician but his client did return the stolen ring.
Gutman is expected to be back in court in November. He is not expected to be extradited to Kentucky until the case is finished.