N.M. man who threw mother off bridge told police voices told him to do it

Published On: Jun 06 2013 11:11:35 AM HST   Updated On: Jun 06 2013 11:21:14 AM HST

A suspect accused of stabbing his mother and a man, stuffing them in a car trunk and throwing the woman from a bridge, did so because voices coming from his television told him to, according to Albuquerque police.

According to a criminal complaint, on Tuesday, Martin Montano, 26, beat and stabbed his mother, Hope, and a man named Francisco Dominguez.

Montano then loaded their bodies into the trunk of a car and drove them to southwest Albuquerque. He stopped at the Rio Grande Bridge and threw his mother over the side.

The bridge is approximately 60 feet above the water.

Police said a passerby intervened, stopping Montano from throwing Dominguez over the bridge, and Montano took off on foot.

Witnesses reportedly told police which direction he ran. Montano was apprehended in northeast Albuquerque.

Montano was charged with an attempt to commit a violent felony, attempted murder, tampering with evidence, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and aggravated burglary.

Once his mother was rescued, she and Dominguez were transported to University of New Mexico Hospital with head trauma, stab wounds and blunt-force trauma to their bodies, according to the complaint. They are listed in critical condition but are expected to recover.

Records show that Montano was arrested in August, 2012, for false imprisonment and battery against his mother. According to police, in that incident, Montano was seen restraining his mother, pushing her to the ground shouting, "You have demons in you."


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