WESTMINSTER, Colo. — The Westminster Police Department (WPD) is asking for help finding a suspect accused of stalking and kidnapping a woman and later breaking into her home and stabbing her brother.
On Feb. 4, police were called to a home where the suspect, identified by WPD as James Paul Montoya, had been holding a woman captive for "an extended period of time." According to police, Montoya had been stalking the victim.
After that incident, WPD said they were looking for Montoya but hadn't been able to find him.
Then on Friday morning Montoya entered the same woman's home while she out running errands with her brother and waited for them to return.
When the victim and her brother got back at around 8:30 a.m., WPD said Montoya stabbed the victim's brother.
WPD said the victim escaped and called 911, but her brother suffered potentially life-threatening injuries.
WPD said Montoya and the victim knew each other. He should be considered armed and dangerous.
Montoya fled the area before police arrived. WPD has released this description of him and the vehicle he fled in:
James Paul Montoya
- White male
- Brown eyes
- 6’2” tall, weighs 160lbs
- Shaved head and a full beard
- 2008 black Dodge Ram 1500
- License plate QAO690
- Denver Bronco sticker and a Union sticker on the rear bumper
- Specialized grill
Note: WPD said it is unknown if he is driving this vehicle at the time or if the same plates are still attached.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867 or visit metrodenvercrimestoppers.com. Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.
Metro Denver Crime Stoppers works by assigning a code to people who anonymously submit a tip. Information is shared with law enforcement, and Crime Stoppers are notified at the conclusion of the investigation.
From there, an awards committee reviews the information provided and, if the information leads to an arrest, the tipster will be notified. Rewards can be collected using the code numbers received when the tip was originally submitted.
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