Two teens, adult arrested in Portales homicide case

Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell On Monday morning, Sgt. Kane Wyatt and Detective Sgt. Kirk Wilson walk the crime scene where the body of 25-year-old Jose Alfredo Charize Montoya was found Sunday night. A 16-year-old Arch area native, Erick Pina, was arrested and charged with murder Wednesday.

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For the second time in less than a year Roosevelt County teenagers are being charged with murder.

Portales police on Wednesday arrested 16-year-old Erick Pina from Arch, 21-year-old Alonso Quinonez of Portales and 17-year-old Alberto Ramirez of Portales in Sunday’s shooting death of 25-year-old Jose Alfredo Charize Montoya.

Police said Pina and others went to Montoya’s house to rob him, and Pina shot the victim in the head with a stolen .45 caliber handgun.

“He went there to confront the victim and steal the (victim’s) vehicle at that point,” Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said.

Berry said the robbery was Pina’s idea.

Montoya’s stripped and torched car was discovered later in Texas.

Berry said Quinonez conspired with Pina before and after the armed robbery of Montoya, as well as helping him with an April 3 burglary in which a .45-caliber handgun and a television were stolen from Colorado Drive. Quinonez also helped dispose of the gun and television, Berry said.

Ramirez helped plan and commit the April 3 burglary, assisted Pina in getting to and from Montoya’s Avenue O residence and helped hide the stereo equipment taken from Montoya’s vehicle, Berry said.

Pina and Ramirez are to be held at the Quay County Juvenile Detention Center, while Quinonez is being held at Roosevelt County Detention Center in lieu of a $100,000 cash-only bond.

Friday, a jury convicted 13-year-old DeAngelo Montoya of second-degree murder in the shooting death of ENMU student Angel Vale, 21. DeAngelo Montoya, also of Portales, will be sentenced after an evaluation and faces a maximum sentence of eight years in a state juvenile facility.

Although Montoya has the same name, he isn’t related to the victim in the homicide Sunday.

Berry said Pina is charged with an open count of murder and: