Police arrested a 19-year-old Santa Fe woman Monday in connection with a kidnapping and armed robbery case.

Marissa Montoya, 19, is charged with one count each of kidnapping, armed robbery, aggravated burglary, false imprisonment, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and intimidation of a witness after an incident that began early Monday morning, according to documents filed Tuesday in Santa Fe County Magistrate Court.

This is Montoya’s second arrest this year on suspicion of armed robbery. She is accused, along with two other women, of robbing the Burrito Spot at Cerrillos Road and Cordova Road in February.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit for Montoya’s most recent charges, she is accused of committing a string of crimes beginning early Monday.

Around 2 a.m., the affidavit says, Santa Fe police Officer Brady Griffith spotted a stolen vehicle near Siler Road and Agua Fría Street and followed the vehicle. Griffith later found the vehicle running and unoccupied near the intersection of Calle Nopal and West Alameda Street.

As officers set up a perimeter at the intersection, a woman from a nearby home went outside to see what police were doing, according to the affidavit, which says Montoya hid inside the utility room of the woman’s house while she was outside speaking to officers.

Later in the day, around 3:15 p.m., the woman called police and said Montoya had pulled a knife on her in the morning, according to the affidavit.

The woman told police she found Montoya inside her home and was held at knifepoint while being duct-taped to a chair in her bedroom. Montoya then put on some of the woman’s clothing and consumed an unidentified drug before taking her to a credit union at DeVargas Center, where she withdrew $40 from the woman’s bank account, the affidavit says.

Montoya then drove the woman back to her house, said she would come by later that night and instructed her not to call police.

She then left with the woman’s car and cellphone, according to the affidavit.

The woman did not immediately call police because she was afraid Montoya would hurt her, but she later changed her mind and flagged down a passing car, asking a motorist to call 911 on a cellphone, according to the affidavit.

Officers were able to find Montoya by tracking the woman’s iPhone through an app, the affidavit says, and they arrested her at her home in the 2700 block of Boylan Circle.

After Montoya’s arrest in the Burrito Spot case earlier this year, the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office filed a motion for pretrial detention, but it was rejected by Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer because the state failed to prove Montoya is a danger to the community, according to court records from the Feb. 27 hearing.

Sommer released Montoya on a $1,000 unsecured appearance bond, and according to the conditions of her release, she was placed on GPS monitoring and house arrest.

Montoya failed to attend a July hearing in this case, and Sommer issued a bench warrant for her arrest.

A second arrest warrant was issued for Montoya in July, after she was accused of stealing a black Lexus SUV from the parking lot of Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center on June 30, according to court records.

Montoya was booked in the Santa Fe County jail on Monday on the two previous warrants, as well as on the new charges.

(23) comments

Khal Spencer

In Judge Marlow's defense, I would hate to be a judge and have to balance the danger of an arrestee with the presumption of innocence, given the Constitutional rules imposed by the courts versus the crimes being (allegedly) committed. I think the young lady in question has probably made clear to the courts that she deserves a cot and three hots pending her trial. Hope so, anyway.

Alexandra Lynch

I'll bet dollars to doughnuts this young woman is an addict, stealing to buy her drug of choice. What if addicts could get what they crave, not at street prices, but at what it actually costs to produce them? Add up the $ value of what she stole, and how long could she have been maintained? Then add in the fear and misery she caused. The cost to the community would be far less.

Lee DiFiore

Stop blaming the cops, they had nothing to do with this criminal being out of jail to further prey on the community. Our justice system is a revolving door (cops keep arresting the same people over and over) fueled by incompetent prosecutors and judges. At least in this case the prosecutors did the right thing asking for no bail in the original case. But as the saying goes, even a blind squirrel.......

Lucas Lujan

Why is it the progressive cities throughout the United States are suffering the most.

Ezekiel America

So very true.

Nathan Lambert

Who rules the someone who committed armed robbery isn't a danger to the community. I dont know enough about the santa fe police to make a sound judgment but so far they have been incompetent in every encounter I've had with them. I suppose with the level of corruption in the government around here it shouldn't come as a huge surprise.

Khal Spencer

Gee, I wonder if Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer will finally see the error of her ways. Nah...

And our Progressives wonder why there is a run on guns.

Ezekiel America

Could not agree with you more. [thumbup]

Ezekiel America

Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer is an incompetent fool and should be removed from the bench and disbarred. Santa Fe is not safe with idiots like this in public service.

Dan Frazier

Maybe the judge can be forgiven for making a mistake. But that the police apparently did not act on the arrest warrant seems inexcusable. Apparently, they could have just gone to her home and arrested her, but they didn't. Our understaffed police department puts us all at risk every day.

Khal Spencer

But...but...Dan....defund the police?

David Ford

Sad Khal - “Defund the police” means reallocating or redirecting funding away from the police department to other government agencies funded by the local municipality. That's it.

It also takes away from the police those responsibilities and gives them to other departments better suited for that particular issue, like interacting with people facing crisis that do not require armed military type of responses.

It does NOT disband the police. As is the case of our liar-in-chief just because you say it doesn't make true.

Khal Spencer

I've yet to see a good analysis of how this will all balance out based on a deep dive into the few communities that have tried transferring resources to other city departments (social services, non-armed emergency response, etc) but maybe I just missed them. As far as Santa Fe, our cop force is already understaffed in to the point where according to this newspaper, even high priority calls take ten minutes for a response. We already have traffic aides doing ticketing and some crash response, as my wife found out when someone sped down our street and totalled her car and the errant driver was sent off without even a moving violation.

The problem I have with transferring duties to social services and the like is that its not always obvious what requires an armed presence and what does not. Callout to a domestic disturbance? A person threatening suicide? A call that leaves the dispatcher confused?

Then you have the revolving door system that results in dangerous people being let free on low bond or personal recognizance. Glad the person in question did not actually stab the lady. Our criminal justice system doesn't always result in the public having confidence that dangerous people are kept under social controls.

I'm actually all for relieving the police force of duties that are clearly not police duties, but I'd like to see a clear list of those duties as well as how many lines could be transferred to other departments and how that would speed up response times to actual police work.

If we could use some freed up funds to house people who are homeless and mentally ill, if we could decriminalize drugs and hopefully keep people employed rather than fired for failing a drug test, and do other things to reduce the choices make to resort to crime, maybe this can all work. But before I see further cuts to the P.D. I'd like to see some data saying that will actually make the community safer.

Well, that is enough "trolling" out of me.

Khal Spencer

One article.

What Would Efforts to Defund or Disband Police Departments Really Mean?


Katherine Martinez

I wholeheartedly agree that social workers can defuse criminal or mental situations with their pencils and note pads, quite handily. In the end, the law comes in anyway to mop up the mess, so that's double the cost. This idea of shifting resources is a liberal Utopian fantasy. See: Portland. The mayor and governor in Portland/Oregon have been humiliated and will need a rather large spatula to take that egg off their face. The leftist progressives are cannibalizing themselves.

Ezekiel America


Ezekiel America

You are a clear thinker. All your comments are spot on.

Emily Koyama

You're right. Khal contributes well thought out, fact-based comments that are anything but "trolling"...Cobb's drive-by insult is uncalled for, and really illustrates HIS ignorance, and lack of ability to add to the discourse in a meaningful way. He says that is his first comment. Hopefully his last as well.

Khal Spencer

Oh, I am as guilty as a few others of occasionally throwing out pure snark and Mr. Ford has rightly called me on it. But in the case of "defund the police", it means different things to different people (see the NY Times article) and we've have a few here call for defunding without specifying what exactly they would do instead and whether it would work. I think there is a woman living on Calle Nopal who would want there to be more cops around when you need them. Hence my sarcasm.

As far as that ad hominem post, I did email the paper asking why it refuses to enforce its own standards against personal attacks (I reported both Mr. Cobb's comment and my reply). So far, crickets and the posts reappeared.

Whatever. As my mom used to say, "sticks and stones will break your bones, but names will never hurt you". She would not be fond of the present philosophy of "micro aggression" since as a performing artist, she had to deal with the roar of the grease paint and the smell of the crowd.

All the best to everyone. And unlike Portland, thank goodness we are keeping it to verbal volleys.

Khal Spencer

How are these warrants communicated to the P.D. and is there a sense of urgency?


Ezekiel America


Steve Spraitz

Not a danger ?

Get rid of that judge

Look what happened ?

Ezekiel America

Agree. Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer is just as much a danger as the criminal (or perhaps worse).

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