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UPDATED: Belen man indicted in chase, holding mom hostage

Leroy J. Montoya


BELEN — A 27-year-old Belen man has been indicted on kidnapping and aggravated assault charges for his role in a 2012 police chase where police said he held his own mother hostage.

A Valencia County grand jury indicted Leroy Montoya for his role in the incident, days after he was alleged to have been involved in a home invasion where a 10-year-old boy was shot.

He was indicted on charges, including kidnapping, aggravated assault on a peace officer with a deadly weapon, aggravated fleeing of a law enforcement officer, aggravated battery on a household member, criminal damage to property of more than $1,000, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and possession of a controlled substance.

The chase started after Belen police got an anonymous tip that Montoya was at his mother’s Belen residence on Schaeffer Avenue.

Police said Montoya walked out of the residence and got into the passenger seat of his mother’s car.

Montoya’s mother drove to Main Street, where she put the car in park and tried to exit the vehicle.

Police said Montoya pulled her back in the car and told officers he would kill her if she tried to leave.

The suspect drove to the intersection of Main Street and Gilbert Avenue and pushed his mother out of the vehicle, police said. The woman refused treatment at the scene for minor abrasions.

Montoya eventually crashed into a fence near Vallejos Road and N.M. 47, where he was taken into custody. The chase lasted nine minutes and included several occasions where Montoya drove erratically and into oncoming traffic, police say.

The man was part of a group who is accused of forcing their way into a Tomé home in May 2012 on La Bajada Road and demanding drugs and money.

Police said the men were armed with a handgun and rifle when the 10-year-old boy jumped in front of his mother as one of the men fired, striking the boy in the arm. The boy was treated and released from an Albuquerque hospital.

On Monday, Montoya was charged with assault on a peace officer after he “yanked” the arm of a guard at the Valencia County Detention Center.

Warden Joe Chavez said Montoya requested a razor to shave while he was in an area where inmates use the shower facilities. When the guard extended his arm to hand him the razor, Chavez said Montoya grabbed a hold of his arm and pulled him into a cage which surround the facilities.

Montoya is being held on four separate bonds — $1 million cash only, $5,000 cash or surety, $10,000 cash or surety and $5,000 cash or surety.


5:54am 5/29/12 — Home Invasion Suspects Caught

LOS LUNAS (AP) — A man accused of shooting a 10-year-old boy during a home invasion in now in Belen police custody.

KOAT-TV reports that authorities arrested Leroy Montoya on Monday afternoon after a police pursuit that ended in a crash in Belen.

Montoya is one of two men suspected of shooting the boy while attempting to burglarize a house May 23 in Los Lunas.

Authorities say the 10-year-old was shot in the arm when he stepped in front of his mother.

Isaac M. Vallejos

The other suspect, Isaac Vallejos, was arrested after the shooting.

The family told police they did not know either man.

5:54am 5/29/12 — Suspects ID’d in Tome Home Invasion

New Mexico State Police have identified two suspects who are believed to have committed a home invasion and robbery in Tome last Wednesday in which a 10-year-old boy was shot in the arm.

The suspects are Isaac M. Vallejos, 30, who is believed to live off N.M. 47 in Los Lunas, and Leroy J. Montoya, 26, believed to reside off 5th Street in Belen, according to a State Police news release.

Vallejos is 5 feet 1 inch tall, weighs 150 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes, while Montoya is 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighs 188 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes.

Both are facing charges of two counts of kidnapping, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, child abuse, aggravated burglary, robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery, the release said. Bond is being set a $1 million each.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or New Mexico State Police at (505) 841-9256.

5/26/12 — Boy, 10, Shot in Arm During Home Invasion

By Brent Ruffner/Valencia County News-Bulletin

LOS LUNAS — New Mexico State Police are looking for two suspects who they say burst into a Tomé home Wednesday, shooting a 10-year-old boy in the arm, according to New Mexico State Police Lt. Robert McDonald.About 4 p.m., New Mexico State Police and Valencia County sheriff’s deputies responded to the home on La Bajada Road following an altercation with two masked men who demanded money and drugs, McDonald said. The men were armed with a rifle and handgun.

KOAT-TV reported that the 10-year-old boy jumped in front of his mother as one of the men fired, striking the boy in the arm.

According to KOAT, the victim’s father is shaken and upset, but proud of his 10-year-old son. He said his son doesn’t consider himself a hero.

“He goes, ‘I protected mom, dad. I protected mom and brother and sister.’ That is what he says. That’s why he did what he did, to protect them,” the boy’s father told the television news reporter.

Police said the burglars kicked down a bedroom door, and that’s when the boy tackled a suspect.

The suspects left after the boy was shot. The 10-year-old, his mother, his 19-year-old sister and 24-year-old brother were home during the invasion, the KOAT report said.

Shortly after, the Valencia County SWAT team combed an area in the Los Ranchitos Mobile Home Park where it was believed the men were hiding.

McDonald said police got information that the men had been dropped off at a certain mobile home.

“They searched the house and it was empty,” McDonald said.

McDonald did not release a description of the men. He said the investigation is ongoing.

“Our guys are still working on it.”

9:09am 5/24/12 — Boy, 10, Shot in N.M. Home Invasion

LOS LUNAS (AP) — Authorities say a 10-year-old boy is expected to recover after being shot in the arm during a home invasion.

KRQE-TV reports New Mexico police say a woman and her three children were at their Valencia County home Wednesday afternoon when two men attempted to burglarize the house.

Authorities say there was a struggle between the boy and one of the burglars. They say the boy then stepped in front of his mother and was shot.

The two men fled. Police are still searching for them.

The family tells KRQE-TV they did not know either man.