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Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office Obtained Warrant To search Alec Baldwin’s Mobile Phone

By Chinelo Eze
17 December 2021   |   9:33 am
The Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office obtained a warrant on Thursday to search Alec Baldwin’s mobile phone along with his attorney regarding the investigation of the fatal shooting on the New Mexico set of Western movie “Rust.”  The detective on the case Alexandria Hancock said investigators are seeking evidence that may help complete a full investigation.…

NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 20: Actor Alec Baldwin attends “The Boss Baby” New York Premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on March 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)

The Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office obtained a warrant on Thursday to search Alec Baldwin’s mobile phone along with his attorney regarding the investigation of the fatal shooting on the New Mexico set of Western movie “Rust.” 

The detective on the case Alexandria Hancock said investigators are seeking evidence that may help complete a full investigation. Hancock said that she had asked Baldwin and his attorney to willingly turn over his phone, but she was told to get a warrant.

Wall Street Journal reported on Dec 10th that Gutierrez Reed and Dave Halls, the first assistant director, had voluntarily turned over their phones. Baldwin’s attorney told the paper that he was willing to turn over his phone, but needed to “protect his privacy on unrelated matters.”

Investigators are piecing together the events that led up to the shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on Oct. 21. In an affidavit attached to the warrant, Hancock said she conducted a brief search of Hutchins’ phone, and found conversations about the production that dates back to July 14.

Included in the affidavit are information of Baldwin’s initial interview with the Sheriff’s detectives, which had not been made public. “He said he requested a bigger gun, and she also showed him different styles of knives for the production,” the affidavit states. “Alec was shown a Colt with a brown handle, and a cherry handle, and he ultimately chose the one with the brown handle.”

In the interview, Baldwin stated that he had exchanged emails with Hannah Gutierrez Reed, the armourer on the production, about what type of gun to use. She had shown him various options, and he had selected the Colt .45 he was to use in the film.

The warrant stated that Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, told investigators she took the guns out the morning of October 21. She said her co-worker helped her with morning tasks. Gutierrez-Reed said after they retrieved the guns, they took them to set. Gutierrez-Reed told deputies while on set, she “dummied the guns up with six dummy rounds.”

In an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos two weeks ago, Baldwin said he had been told that “it’s highly unlikely that I would be charged with anything criminally.”

The next day, local prosecutor Mary Carmack-Altwies issued a statement saying that no charges had been ruled out against anyone.

The warrant stated “all information and data from the cellular phone in relation to the production of ‘Rust,’ and any member working on the production.” Such information may include text messages, photos, videos, call history, contacts, and GPS data.

Hannah Gutierrez-Reed the armorer on the set, told investigators she took the guns out the morning of October 21, the warrant said.

She said her co-worker helped her with morning tasks. Gutierrez-Reed said after they retrieved the guns, they took them to set. Gutierrez-Reed told deputies while on set, she “dummied the guns up with dummy rounds.”

Gutierrez-Reed told deputies she and her co-worker got on set around 7:30 a.m., but didn’t dummy the gun up until a short time before lunch.

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