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Alleged car thief held woman captive, police say

Christopher Montoya, 27

MONTOYA: Arrested after cross-city pursuit

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Early Monday, Cassie House told police, she awoke to find a man she didn’t know standing in the stairwell of her Northwest Albuquerque home looking at her.

House said she reached for her phone and called 911, but the man told her she would regret telling police he was there. She changed her story and told the dispatcher her roommate had a friend over.

It was just the beginning of her terrifying encounter with the man who allegedly stole her truck and forced her on a ride before letting her go. Two days later, he was captured by sheriff’s deputies after a cross-city pursuit.

When officers followed up on the call and knocked on House’s door, the man, later identified as Christopher Montoya, 27, wouldn’t let her answer, according to a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court.

“While inside Ms. House’s residence the male had her sit on the couch with him while police were knocking on the door and said for her to say they were dating if police made entry into the residence,” the complaint says.

A dispatcher called back, and House said she no longer needed police. The officers, seeing no sign of forced entry or distress, took off.

Montoya wiped his fingerprints off everything he touched, took House’s keys and made her get in the passenger side of her truck, according to the complaint.

Then, House told police, they picked up Montoya’s friend Miranda and drove to McDonald’s for oatmeal.

Montoya returned House to her neighborhood, pushed her out of the car, and took off with her truck, according to the complaint. She called police again to reported being held captive and the theft of her truck.

Two days later, deputies were attempting to serve a felony warrant for drug charges on Montoya when they said he rammed a patrol car and tried to run over several deputies as he fled in House’s truck, according to Sgt. Aaron Williamson, a spokesman for the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies gave chase, and Montoya ditched the truck and ran before allegedly stealing two more vehicles during a cross-city pursuit, Williamson said.

Montoya was finally caught near Smith and Amherst SE when a woman reported that a man standing on her porch told her the cops were looking for him, Williamson said.

He was booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center in connection to the stolen vehicles and the chase.

On Thursday, he was charged with residential burglary, false imprisonment and unlawfully taking a motor vehicle in connection with the incident with House. His bail was set at $100,000, cash only.

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