Antioch Police Search for Suspect in Kidnapping, Attempted Murder

By Lieutenant Diane Aguinaga, Antioch Police Investigations Bureau

Ernan Hediberto Montiel

On Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at approximately 7:20 AM workers from the Antioch Corporation Yard on West 4th Street reported finding a man on the roof of one of their buildings, bleeding from the neck. The man asked for help and the police were called. The male (Victim 1), an Antioch resident, stated he and his brother had been kidnapped at gunpoint by Ernan Hediberto Montiel. The brother was later found safe at his workplace in Pittsburg. (Victim 2).

Montiel was upset that Victim 1 may have had a relationship with his estranged wife. Montiel kidnapped Victim 2 from his home in Antioch in order to find Victim 1. Once Victim 1 was located, Montiel let Victim 2 go.

An argument started while Montiel was driving Victim 1 back to Antioch, and Montiel produced a knife. He began slashing at Victim1, cutting him on the neck. Victim 1, fearing for his life, jumped out of the car while it was moving. While running away he heard a single gunshot. He was not hit by the gunfire. He then climbed onto the roof of the Corporation Yard and waited for help. Victim 1 was treated for his injuries and released.

Montiel has not been located, and should be considered armed and dangerous. He was last seen driving a 2000, gray, Nissan Maxima with a California license plate of 6HLP460 or Washington plate AFZ0446. He may be traveling to Washington State. Montiel is also wanted for a drug warrant out of Antioch.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Stenger at 779-6894. Anonymous tips may be texted to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword ANTIOCH in the body of the narrative.

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