Deputies chase down vehicle theft and attempted murder suspect

By The Leader Staff
Suspect Angel Antonio Montes
Suspect Angel Antonio Montes

Kings County Sheriff’s deputies, on Nov. 8 at about 7:40 a.m. arrested a man on charges of carjacking and attempted murder. The incident began when deputies were dispatched to the area of Highway 43 and Kent Ave., southeast of Hanford, regarding a possible carjacking.

Per Sheriff’s reports, the suspect, identified as Angel Antonio Montes, was said to have pulled a hand gun on the victim and demanded his vehicle.  The victim complied and the suspect took the vehicle, a 2007 White Ford Pickup with a mechanic’s utility body. 

The vehicle was last seen traveling eastbound on Kent Ave. from Highway 43.

It was also reported that the suspect had gotten out of another vehicle at this location and left it behind at the scene.  The discarded vehicle was quickly determined to be stolen and was recently reported to the Hanford Police Department.  It was stolen from a residence on Garland Ave. within the City of Hanford. 

A description of the suspect was quickly shared with law enforcement personnel.  A Kings deputy spotted a person matching the description running northbound from Kansas Ave. in a dry canal. Deputies caught up to the suspect between Kent Ave. and Kansas Ave. 

As a deputy attempted to detain the suspect, he became combative.  

Before backup arrived, the suspect momentarily gained control of the deputy's firearm and tried to fire at the deputy. However, the deputy wrestled the firearm away and prevented the suspect from firing.  A second deputy arrived on scene and the suspect was successfully taken into custody.

The carjacked vehicle was located a short distance away.

Montes was positively identified by the carjacking victim and additional evidence located at the scene tied him to the initial vehicle theft from within the city limits of Hanford.

Montes was charged with attempted murder, Assault with a deadly weapon, assaulting a deputy, carjacking, vehicle theft, and resisting arrest.


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