Christopher Maher, Alice Echo-News Journal
A Jim Wells County grand jury handed down a number of indictments last week, for charges ranging from kidnapping to theft.
According to court documents, Martin Benito Montemayor was indicted for kidnapping in connection with a Sept. 25, 2006 incident in which he allegedly abducted a woman.
Alice Police Department reports indicate Montemayor allegedly approached the woman, who was reportedly an ex-girlfriend, in the parking lot of a convenience store on North Texas Boulevard in Alice and told her to come with him or he would kill her.
According to the report, Montemayor struck her in the face repeatedly and forced her to drive to a residence in Orange Grove, where he allegedly sexually assaulted her. The woman eventually was released by Montemayor and returned to Alice, where she filed a report with the APD.
According to court documents, Montemayor was convicted of murder in Jim Wells County on March 18, 1983.
He was also convicted of murder in Brazoria County in January 1983. He is currently being held in the Jim Wells County Jail on $1 million bond.
The grand jury also indicted Shane Leland Sowder for an assault that occurred on the Coastal Bend College Alice campus last year.
Sowder was indicted for aggravated assault in connection with the Nov. 28, 2006 incident.
In that assault, Sowder allegedly struck another Coastal Bend College student connected with the Kingsville Academy in the head repeatedly with a piece of metal rebar, sending the victim to a Corpus Christi hospital.
Other indictments issued by the grand jury included the following:
Rogelio Tijerina was indicted for theft over $1,500 in connection with a Dec. 12, 2006 incident in which he allegedly wrote a check to purchase items with insufficient funds to pay for those items. Jaime Cantu was indicted for theft over $1,500 in connection with a Nov. 25, 2005 incident in which he allegedly stole more than $1,500 from a company. Brenda Rivera was indicted for theft over $1,500 in connection with a Nov. 25, 2005 incident in which she allegedly stole money from a company. Daniel Rodriguez was indicted for aggravated assault in connection with a Jan. 17 incident in which he allegedly stabbed a man repeatedly with a knife. Marco Antonio Flores was indicted for possession of cocaine in connection with a Dec. 27, 2006 incident in which he allegedly was found to be in possession of less than one gram of cocaine.