Police: Man kidnapped two, threw one into Rio Grande

Posted at: 06/04/2013 5:49 PM
Updated at: 06/04/2013 5:51 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Chopper 4 flew overhead as a man was arrested in northeast Albuquerque Tuesday.

Police said 26-year-old Martin Montano kidnapped two people, stuffed them in the trunk of his car and then threw one of them into the Rio Grande.

It all began Tuesday morning at a northeast Albuquerque apartment. Witnesses said Montano put two people in his trunk. Police said he then drove to the bridge on Central and Tingley and threw one woman into the Rio Grande.

Police told KOB Eyewitness News 4 witnesses who saw it all happen really helped them find Montano.

A dramatic scene on one of Albuquerque’s busiest bridges as a woman was thrown into the Rio Grande.

“Just looking at it you can see that the fall alone could have been fatal. These people were very close to losing their lives,” said APD Officer Tasia Martinez.

After Chopper 4 flew over the bridge, KOB flew to Comanche and Carlisle after hearing the suspect was there. Police believe he pushed the woman into the river. Police said Montano kidnapped another man and he was found on top of the bridge. Both victims suffered severe injuries but are recovering at an Albuquerque hospital.

Police don’t know how Montano knew the victims but they do believe they three were acquaintances.

Police said one thing’s for sure, witnesses played a big role leading them to Montano.

“Again, we cannot relay how important it was that we had vigilant citizens, vigilant neighbors who heard something out of the ordinary and took it upon themselves to notify police,” Martinez said.

Police expect to file charges soon.