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Police issue warrant for 2014 murder suspect

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The Roswell Police Department on Thursday announced an arrest warrant had been issued for a man who allegedly conspired with another Roswell man to kill Joe Anthony Garza of Roswell in December 2014.
Police Department investigators asked for the public’s help in providing information that could help locate Frank Anthony Montoya, 20, of Roswell, who is charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.
An officer responding to a 911 call at about 5:30 p.m. Dec. 14, 2014, found Garza in the street near the intersection of East Tilden Street and South Mulberry Avenue.
Garza, 32, who had been riding his bike at the time, was shot multiple times in his torso, arms and legs. He died at the scene. Police said witnesses saw a vehicle leaving the scene following the shooting.
Police said investigators believe Garza was shot in retaliation for a fight that had taken place involving Montoya and another suspect before the shooting. Police said during the investigation that detectives learned that prior to the shooting, Montoya and the second suspect, Louie Joseph Archuleta, had made threats to Garza’s family members in which Montoya and Archuleta allegedly said they were going to kill Garza.
Montoya’s alleged co-conspirator in the case, Archuleta, now 21, was arrested in August 2015 on the same charges Montoya now faces. Archuleta remains in custody at the Chaves County Adult Detention Center as he awaits a July 18 trial in his case.
Montoya was also arrested in August 2015 on the murder and conspiracy charges in connection with this case, but a magistrate court judge in September 2015 ruled there was insufficient probable cause at that time for the case to be sent to district court for trial.
Police said the investigation was then continued, resulting in additional information being gathered and a new arrest warrant issued for Montoya.
Police asked anyone with potential information about the whereabouts of Montoya, or any other information regarding this case, to call the Roswell Police Department at 575-624-6770.