Belen man indicted on charges of kidnapping

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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.


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