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Two men sentenced for robbery

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

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Alexander M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, announced that Daniel Montano and Eligius Montano were sentenced to 8 years in prison each. Daniel, 44, of Albuquerque, and Eligius, 25, or Bernalillo, pleaded guilty on Sept. 14, 2022, to interference with interstate commerce by robbery.

On Apr. 18, 2022, Daniel and Eligius, who are father and son, robbed a Metro PCS store in Belen. As the men entered the business, they yelled to “put your hands where we can see them.”  When the clerks did not initially cooperate, Eligius put his hands inside of his hoodie as if he had a firearm.  The Montanos then told the clerks to face the wall with their hands up before taking one to the back room of the business.  The Montanos succeeded in taking nearly $8,000 in merchandise.

The Belen Police Department investigated this case with assistance from the FBI Albuquerque Field Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jaymie L. Roybal is prosecuting the case.

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Updated March 1, 2023

Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 23-40