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Grants Man Charged with Assaulting a Federal Officer

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE – Alexander M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, and Raul Bujanda, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Albuquerque Field Office, announced that Stephen Jaymes Montano appeared in federal court on an indictment charging him with assault upon a federal officer inflicting bodily injury. Montano, 28, of Grants, will remain in temporary custody pending a detention hearing, which is scheduled for January 25, 2024.

According to the indictment, on Sept. 21, 2023, Montano intentionally assaulted John Doe, an officer and employee of the New Mexico Department of Corrections, while John Doe was assisting officers and employees of the United States Marshals Service in the performance of official duties. Montano allegedly inflicted bodily injury by throwing a bicycle at John Doe.

An indictment is only an allegation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. If convicted, Montano faces 20 years in prison.

The FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case with assistance from the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberly Bell is prosecuting the case.

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Updated January 23, 2024

Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 24-26