Offender sought in ABQ double homicide dies in Colorado, police say | KOB 4

Offender sought in ABQ double homicide dies in Colorado, police say

Kai Porter and J.R. Oppenheim
May 25, 2018 10:08 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The man who Albuquerque Police Department considered a person of interest in a double homicide died Friday after a deputy-involved shooting in Colorado, according to law enforcement officials in Albuquerque and Colorado.


Deputies wounded Dustin Brian Montano after they say they found him in a Fort Morgan Walmart parking lot and he made a threatening gesture when they approached him. Montano died while hospitalized.

APD called Montano a person of interest after officers found 53-year-old Deborah Martinez and her 17-year-old daughter, Irisa Montano, stabbed to death at the Mesa Ridge Apartments on the 3500 block of Atrisco Drive NW

APD did not initially call Montano a suspect because they had not interviewed him. Detectives intended to fly to Colorado next week to speak with him. After Montano's death, however, APD Public Information Officer Simon Drobik confirmed that Montano "was also the offender that we were seeking in our double homicide."

APD will not have a criminal complaint because of Montano's death, Drobik said.

Emmy Garcia and Daisy Cordova knew Irisa Montano and her mother. The two are stunned by their deaths.

"They were really close to each other. Her mom would do anything for her and she would do anything for her mom," Garcia said. "They just had a really close relationship."

Garcia and Cordova said Dustin Montano is Deborah's nephew and Irisa's cousin, and he had been staying with them for two months at their apartment.

"Like why? Why would you do that?" Cordova said.

"Because they took him in as like their family and cared for him and fed him," Garcia added. "And he really like didn't have any income so they supported him and helped him with anything."

After the homicides, police say Brian Montano drove more than seven hours to Fort Morgan, Colorado, about an hour and a half northeast of Denver. That's when deputies confronted Montano, who was driving a stolen car, in the parking lot of the Walmart and eventually shot him.

Montano, who is from Colorado, did not have a criminal history in New Mexico.

Garcia and Cordova are left wondering why.

"Because when we met him, he just seemed so nonchalant and like just like any other person," Garcia said. "He seemed like he loved Irisa, and he was like the mom's favorite nephew."

"I didn't expect none of this to happen especially from him," Cordova added.

Friends are holding a candlelight vigil for the victims this Sunday at Pat Hurley Park, beginning at 7:30 p.m.


Kai Porter and J.R. Oppenheim

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