Bloomfield teen allegedly robbed, burned

Hannah Grover
Eppie Montoya

AZTEC — Two teenagers are in custody after being accused of kidnapping and beating a Bloomfield teenager.

Epifanio "Eppie" Montoya, 18, and a 16-year-old boy were arrested at their house in Lee Acres after allegedly robbing, beating and burning the 17-year-old Bloomfield teen, according to a press release from the San Juan County Sheriff's Office.

Earlier today, the alleged victim told officers he took $600 to meet people who had agreed to help him buy drugs, according to the press release. Montoya and the 16-year-old boy allegedly met the Bloomfield teen and drove him into the hills north of the city, the press release states.

The 16-year-old boy got out of the vehicle, and Montoya allegedly reached around and stabbed the Bloomfield teen in the leg, the press release states.

The 16-year-old boy allegedly had a knife and yelled for the victim to get out of the vehicle. When the Bloomfield teenager got out of the car, Montoya and the 16-year-old allegedly stole two cell phones and the $600 in cash, according to the press release.

Montoya allegedly held a knife to the victim's throat while the 16-year-old bound him with ratchet straps.

According to the press release, the Bloomfield teen told police that the 16-year-old heated up a piece of metal eight inches in diameter using a blow torch and rolled it over his back while both his alleged attackers threatened to kill him.

The Bloomfield teen told police they tried to suffocate him with a plastic bag, according to the press release. After untying him, they allegedly warned him not to tell anyone and ordered him to bring them $300 if he wanted the cell phones back, according to the press release.

Montoya has been charged with child abuse resulting in great bodily harm, kidnapping, armed robbery, extortion and intimidation of a witness. He was booked into the San Juan County Detention Center on a $500,000 cash-only bond, according to the press release.

The 16-year-old was booked into the San Juan County Juvenile Detention Center on charges of kidnapping, attempted murder, armed robbery, intimidation of a witness and extortion.

Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.