Hudson Fugitive Arrested in Boston

May 23, 2019

LOWELL - A resident of Hudson, N.H. man charged with arson and attempted murder was arrested in Boston Wednesday.

Members of the Boston Police Fugitive Unit arrested Gerald Gutekunst, 73, of Central Street on May 22 at around 2 p.m. near Massachusetts General Hospital on Fruit Street.

Gutekunst had a warrant issued against him out of Hillsborough County for charges of arson of an occupied structure and attempted murder.

The charges stem from an incident on April 29 at the three-family apartment building he was living at on 194 Central Street.

According to Hudson Police, Gutekunst was rescued from the burning building early that morning but was believed to have intentionally caused the fire.

He was transported to a hospital in Nashua and then Boston to be treated for injuries. The blaze displaced six residents who were also living in the apartment at the time.

Gutekunst is set to be arraigned by the Suffolk County District Attorney in Boston Municipal Court Thursday on a new charge of being a fugitive from justice. He will then be extradited back to New Hampshire to face his original charges.

Hudson Police Lt. David Bianchi said Thursday that the department does not know when he’ll be back in New Hampshire to face his original charges and that it will depend on whether or not Gutekunst waives extradition in court today.

Bianchi said that the residents displaced from the fire have not yet returned to the apartment building and it is unsure whether or not the apartments are habitable.

Jon Winkler: , jwinkler@nashobavalleyvoice.com

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