By LeaAnne Klentzman
One brother takes the life of another early Friday morning in the quiet rural community of Pleak.
Sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 disturbance call in the 5800 block of Pleak Crossing Friday morning, about 12:16 a.m. According to Sheriff’s spokesman Bob Haenel, a 911 call came in from Santiago Montoya, 63, who lives in the 5800 block of Pleak Crossing. Montoya told the dispatcher that he and his brother, Ruben, 52, who lived next door had been fighting over damage to a fence, purportedly done by Ruben.
Santiago Montoya told the dispatcher that the fight had escalated and his brother was coming back to his house and he needed deputies to be there. Haenel said, “When Ruben Montoya saw Santiago holding a phone it further angered him and he approached Santiago, who was standing on his doorstep.” According to Haenel, Ruben asked Santiago who he was calling and Santiago told him it was the police.
The ensuing altercation flowed into Santiago Montoya’s home where three gunshots were fired, said Haenel. A preliminary autopsy report indicates that Ruben Montoya was struck in the left chest with two .22 rounds. The case remains under investigation but is expected to be submitted to the Grand Jury.
Santiago Montoya was not arrested.