New Mexico State Police on Monday identified 26-year-old Jacob Alejandro Montoya Jr. of Bernalillo as the man shot by law enforcement Friday in Torrance County after he was accused of robbing a Starbucks in Santa Fe and later leading officers on a high-speed pursuit for about 50 miles along U.S. 285.

While Montoya survived his gunshot wounds and is recovering in an Albuquerque hospital, a woman riding in the black Kia with him, who was accused of firing on officers, was killed in the shooting, state police have said.

Lt. Mark Soriano, a spokesman for the agency, said the woman’s identity has not yet been released by the state Office of the Medical Investigator.

Montoya has not been charged, though Soriano and Santa Fe police Lt. David Webb both said criminal charges will be filed after his release from the hospital.

The incident — which involved Santa Fe police, the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office, the Torrance County Sheriff’s Office and state police — marks the fourth shooting this year by Santa Fe County deputies; three have resulted in fatalities. There have been two other law enforcement shootings in the Santa Fe area in 2021.

Friday’s incident began in the morning at a Starbucks on South St. Francis Drive, where Santa Fe police said Montoya and the woman held up baristas at gunpoint in a drive-thru window and then fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.



After Santa Fe police issued an alert for the vehicle — a black Kia with no license plate — Santa Fe County deputies discovered the car on Richards Avenue. They pursued the pair more than 50 miles on U.S. 285 before state police and Torrance County sheriff’s deputies joined the chase near Clines Corners, according to a state police news release.

The woman in the Kia began firing shots at law enforcement vehicles, the release said, and officers from all three agencies returned fire. Montoya crashed the car into a tree about two miles south of Clines Corners.

Negotiators were able to convince him to get out of the car through the driver’s side window, Soriano said, and he was taken into custody and flown to a hospital in Albuquerque with injuries that were not life-threatening.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Montoya has a criminal history dating back to 2019, when he was convicted of receiving or transferring stolen vehicles and possession of a controlled substance, court records show.

He has been arrested several times this year in Bernalillo and Sierra counties, and faces charges of aggravated fleeing from law enforcement, possession of a firearm by a felon and shooting from a motor vehicle. He has two active bench warrants stemming from those cases, court records show.

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Michael Vigil

He is not arrested because if the police arrest him they have to pay his medical bills. So they wait till they are released from the hospital to book them (criminals in the hospital) in to jail, so they don't have to add it to their budget.

Angel Ortiz

I absolutely love Monday morning quarterbacks! Just curious. How many in this forum have law enforcement experience outside of the internet or watching television?

Khal Spencer

What's yours? Besides, are you suggesting that citizens have no business opining about law enforcement issues in their community?

Scott Smith

Care to back up your blanket statement with some actual facts Curtis? You really should be careful using broad brush absolute words whether in a public forum such as this or in private conversation unless you know your audience is going to nod their heads like bobble-head dolls and agree with you. Examples you might have learned in school had you been paying attention: All, none, always, never, everyone, no one, etc. Red flag words like this are a favorite of the writers of standardized tests.

Lyndell Vallner

We will be waiting to see those indictments!

Khal Spencer

The other day I guessed that these lovelies were members of the Greybar Hotel Frequent Visitor's Club. Yeah, we need to release more criminals from jail...let them run free until they are killed or kill someone. Seems to me that Felon in Possession should automatically put someone back in jail pending trial. Nope, not in New Mexico.

"...Montoya has a criminal history dating back to 2019, when he was convicted of receiving or transferring stolen vehicles and possession of a controlled substance, court records show.

He has been arrested several times this year in Bernalillo and Sierra counties, and faces charges of aggravated fleeing from law enforcement, possession of a firearm by a felon and shooting from a motor vehicle. He has two active bench warrants stemming from those cases, court records show."

Peter Romero

The new normal in NM. Very sad.

Mark Ortiz

Just New Mexico though Peter?

Curtis Brookover

All states run by democrats would be more accurate.

Khal Spencer

Felon in possession and shooting from a motor vehicle. And that's not enough for the DA and a judge to decide to hold him in jail pending trial? Well, what is? Any takers on whether he will be released pending trial again after he gets out of the hospital?

Mark Ortiz

No taker here Khal. I wrote the writer for this story and never heard back to see if the one in the story had been released as it seems in the court case look up site David was released the next day. https://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/man-with-violent-criminal-history-in-santa-fe-faces-third-round-of-charges-this-year/article_e103da9a-40b8-11ec-af1f-43801c69af2e.html

Word is the SFNM is possibly short staffed and/or overworked but will they follow up, and let us know Montoya Jr. has bonded out, if they will even track it?

Chris Mechels

Mark, I followed the link you posted, and its an interesting case. One the surface it seems a relationship squabble. As such, the risk to the public is not obvious. We've all seen "sane" men to a bit crazy in relationships, and I've obsessed a bit myself on such matters. Hard call for the judge. I'd release the guy on bond, with a restraining order.

Chris Mechels

Khal, if you actually look to the offenses you mention, the charges were dismissed because they had the wrong guy. D-202-CR-202100978

Khal Spencer

Aaagh. And the paper missed it too?

Mark Ortiz

"two active bench warrants." Well of course. Being the loyal New Mexican I am and knowing our state is routinely in the top 5 U.S.-wide of the worst of worst categories, (IMHO, rooted in generational poverty), please note, injustice, inaction, judicial apathy is not an only New Mexico thing. No, I'm not saying the rates here are lower than elsewhere, just sadly, we aren't unique. Milwaukee County’s longtime district attorney, John Chisholm's office agreed to a $1000 bond for Waukesha parade goer murder and apparently all-around bad guy Darrell Brooks Jr. to be free on a case where he attempted to run over his baby's Mama. It looks like in the Milwaukee County Circuit Court, the presider over court hearings isn't called a Judge, it this case, the overseer that allowed the $1000 bond was Judicial Court Commissioner, Cedric S. Cornwall. I know, too much time on my hands. Then there is also the case of with an obscenely offensive ruling of four rape victims who were minors at the time. Niagara County (NY) Court Judge Matthew Murphy sentenced confessed rapist Christopher Belter to just eight years of probation after praying about what he should do with the poor (Very Wealthy) boy. Ahhhh the old Brock Turner, jail might be bad for you ruling.

So, Lets hope Jacob Alejandro Montoya Jr.s' criminal history isn't allowed to lengthen.

Mike Johnson

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