Darlene Stephanie Montoya Bio/Wiki
Darlene Stephanie Montoya, a homeless woman from Riverside, California, is accused of stabbing and killing a woman while walking her two dogs. The assault, which occurred on April 3, appeared to be random, according to police.
Ke Chieh Meng, 64, was named as the victim. After the attack, she was rushed to the hospital, but she died as a result of her injuries.
Montoya was arrested on March 30 for a separate attack, according to Riverside Police. However, she was released from detention “due to the new COVID-19 pandemic emergency bail schedule.”
She is 23 years old.
Who Was The Victim?
The victim, Ke Chieh Meng, was walking her two dogs along Golden Avenue in the La Sierra neighborhood of Riverside on April 3 in the morning, according to Riverside Police. Several calls about a “woman down” in the area were received around 7:30 a.m. by emergency dispatchers.
Meng was discovered on the pavement by paramedics and police officers. She had been stabbed several times in the abdomen and was bleeding profusely. At a hospital, she was later pronounced dead. According to the Washington Post, Montoya was seen walking toward Meng on a surveillance camera from a neighbor’s home, but it was unclear if the camera caught the stabbing.
After officers responded to the attack, Montoya was arrested about 30 minutes later. The dispatch center received calls from residents who saw Montoya walking through their yards, according to Riverside Police. The callers identified Montoya as “suspicious,” according to police.
Montoya was arrested without incident by police. She was arrested at 8:05 a.m. on April 3 and officially booked about 10 hours later, according to Riverside County Jail records. Montoya’s bond was refused. Second-degree murder, a firearms offense, and being under the influence of a controlled drug are among the charges she faces.
There is no lawyer identified on Montoya’s inmate file who may act on his behalf. The Riverside Hall Of Justice has set a court date for April 7.
A woman of Asian origin was the perpetrator. The victim’s ethnicity, however, did not appear to play a role in the assault, according to investigators.
Montoya was questioned by detectives following her arrest, according to Officer Railsback. According to the Associated Press, he said they “didn’t come across anything to suggest she attacked the victim due to her race,”
He did say, however, that police would go over “all their bases” to see if the attack was a hate crime.
Meng immigrated to the United States 11 years ago and settled in Riverside, according to the Washington Post.