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For Immediate Release

May 20, 2013 DUSM Ben Segotta, District of New Mexico (505) 462-2330
U.S. Marshals SWIFT Task Force Arrests Violent Prison Gang Murder Suspect

Rio Rancho, NM – On May 19, 2013, the United States Marshals South West Investigative Fugitive Team “SWIFT” Task Force arrested Syndicato de Nuevo Mexico (SNM) gang member, Jose “Wicked” Montoya, for the allegedly killing Angel Arroyo and setting his body on fire in Las Vegas NM.

According to information obtained from the Las Vegas Police Department (LVPD) Homicide Detectives, on May 18, 2013, Jose Montoya and the victim were having an argument when Montoya “pistol whipped” Arroyo. That is when it is alleged that Montoya pointed the gun at Arroyo and shot point blank. It is believed that Montoya left the crime scene and later returned to burn the body.

On May 18, 2013, the LVPD obtained a Murder Warrant for the arrest of Jose Montoya with a Bond of $1,000,000.00. Montoya was charged with: Murder (Open Count), Aggravated Arson, Conspiracy to Commit Arson, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Battery, Tampering with Evidence, and Conspiracy to Tamper with Evidence.

In the hours following the murder LVPD Homicide Detectives, requested the assistance of the United States Marshals Service Southwest Investigative Fugitive Team (SWIFT) Task Force to investigate the whereabouts of Montoya. LVPD Homicide Detectives developed information from witnesses in Las Vegas, NM as to the whereabouts of the Murder Suspect and forwarded that information to the Marshals Service Task Force in Albuquerque where they believed Montoya to be hiding. Due to the relentless efforts of the Las Vegas Police Department Homicide Detectives, the SWIFT Task Force, investigators developed reliable information that Montoya was located in Rio Rancho, NM. Deputies and Task Force Officers identified the apartment where Montoya was believed to be hiding and made contact with the residents and located Montoya where he was taken into custody without incident. Custody of Montoya was turned over to the LVPD Homicide Detectives and Montoya was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center.

United States Marshal Conrad Candelaria stated, “throughout the last 223 years, the United States Marshals Service has and continues to leave behind a significant foot-print in protecting communities and our citizens. This is possible because of the effective partnerships that exist with local, county, state, federal and tribal law enforcement agencies, a “force multiplier” that consists of many jurisdictions and agencies working together to hold accountable those that would dare to ravage and cause fear in our communities.”

Chief Christian Montaño of the Las Vegas Police Department also commented “We cannot stop every crime but we have proven to be very successful at apprehending suspects on major crimes very quickly in order to keep our community safe and bring them to justice so they are held accountable for their actions”.

The objective of all USMS-led fugitive task forces is to pursue and arrest the nation’s most dangerous offenders.

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