DENVER (KDVR) — Police in Denver are looking for a man wanted for first-degree murder in the death of 26-year-old James Montoya, who was missing for months before his body was found over the summer in a field near Saguache.
The Denver Police Department is asking for the public’s help to locate 33-year-old Jesus Angel Arvizo, who’s wanted in Montoya’s killing.
Montoya was originally reported missing on April 2 when he was last seen leaving the Hangar 101 Bar near West Jewell Avenue and South Wadsworth Boulevard in Lakewood.
That night, police said he was seen on surveillance video leaving with another man.
Body found in field in Saguache County
At a news conference on Tuesday, Montoya’s parents, Eddie and Corinna Montoya, said he did not know the man prior to meeting him at the bar. Police also said there was no connection between Montoya and the individuals he met that night.
Officers said Montoya was in a vehicle near 48th Avenue and Bannock Street when an argument broke out. It’s believed the argument escalated, and Montoya was shot in the vehicle and was taken to Saguache County.
His body was found on July 26 in a field north of the Saguache Municipal Airport, more than three hours south of Denver.
Montoya’s mother, father, siblings and grandfather made a passionate plea to find Arvizo.
“As you can imagine, this is the worst nightmare we can experience. We are asking for the community’s helping locating Mr. Arvizo. We know he’s hiding. We believe he’s hiding, and we just ask for the community’s help. He’s a dangerous person. And our family, we are in pain, and we would like to see a final resolution,” mother Corinna Montoya said.
Police said Arvizo lives in Denver but may be in the Alamosa area.
“He was the lifeline of the neighborhood. Everyone would know who James was. And the fact that he was taken from us at such an early time, unexpected time, it’s just heartbreaking. And we want justice given for our brother, so please give us any information you can about where Arvizo might be,” Montoya’s brother Judon said.
Reward up to $2,000 for information
At a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Denver police said one person has already been arrested in relation to Montoya’s death. Amber Jean Dominguez, 30, is charged with accessory to first-degree murder after the fact.
Investigators would not say much else about exactly how Amber Dominguez was connected to the case.
Anyone with information on Arvizo’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867. Tipsters can remain anonymous and still be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.