ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - An Albuquerque man who stabbed and beat his mother and her male housemate before throwing her off a bridge over the Rio Grande Tuesday told police his television told him they both were clones.
A criminal complaint alleges Martin Montaño, 26, told investigators he heard voices from the television telling him the two victims were clones and that he stabbed and beat the two and put them in the trunk of his mother's car before driving to the Central Avenue bridge over the river.
Witnesses told police that around 9:20 a.m. Tuesday they saw Montaño take a woman, later identified as Hope Montaño, 61, out of the trunk and throw her into the river .
According to the complaint, another person confronted Montaño as he was taking the other victim, Francisco Dominguez, out of the trunk. Montaño then took off leaving Dominguez on the bridge.
Both victims suffered severe injuries and were taken to UNM Hospital where they were still listed in critical condition on Wednesday, according to police.
Montaño was taken into custody shortly after while he was driving back to his mother's home.
Montaño told officers he hopped a fence to his mother's backyard Tuesday morning after he heard voices from his television telling him to go there to get the clones out of her home. He told police his family was living underground and that they were not his real family.
Montaño told officers he first fought Dominguez, beating him and then stabbing him several times. Dominguez called out for Hope Montaño, whom Martin Montaño said he did not think was his mom when she came out.
Montaño said he stabbed his mother repeatedly and that he "cut the clone in the neck and she just kept going," according to the complaint. He told police he then tried to suffocate her and admitted he beat the two with a jagged rock and a pole before loading them into the trunk of his mother's car.
According to the complaint, Montaño said the voices told him to dump "one of the clones in the river." People stopped him before he could throw both victims over the bridge railing.
"I think he's been a troubled young man," one neighbor told KRQE News 13 on Tuesday. "I'm always praying. I'm always going to church. (Hope Montaño) came over and asked me to pray for him."
Montaño is being held without bond at the Metropolitan Detention Center on several charges including attempt to commit first-degree murder, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and aggravated burglary. Police say more charges are expected.
Court records show this isn't the first time Montaño has been charged for attacking his mother. In August 2012 Montaño was seen by police holding his mother from the door and then pushing her to the ground, shouting that she had demons in her.
Hope Montaño told police that attack happened after Montaño came to her house asking for $5, and he grew upset after she only had $2. After that 2012 incident, police say Montaño's mother asked for information about getting a protective order against her son.
As of the Tuesday attack, police say there was no record of an active restraining order against Montaño.
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