ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - It was a bizarre chain of events in different parts of Albuquerque Tuesday that ended with one woman thrown over the Central Avenue bridge into the Rio Grande.
Police say the woman and another man were both beaten badly before the woman was thrown into the river.
Rescuers pulled the woman out of the river and carried her to an ambulance. The man was still on top of the bridge when police arrived.
Detectives also say the man and woman are both between 50 and 70 years of age and were taken to the hospital where they are stable. Their names have not been released.
Investigators say everything shortly after 9 a.m. when neighbors on Hendrix NE called 911 about hearing screams and someone loading people into the trunk of a car.
At about 9:20 a.m. witnesses called police saying they saw a man parked on the Central Avenue bridge pull someone from a car's trunk and throw the person into the river.
Police say one of those same witnesses followed the car until police stepped in and pulled the vehicle over near Carlisle Boulevard NE and Comanche Road.
They say they took Martin Montaño, 26, was taken into custody as a suspect in the case.
KRQE News 13 has confirmed Montaño was arrested in August 2012 on a false-imprisonment charge after police say he attacked his mother and wouldn't let her leave. This took place at her home on Hendrix in northeast Albuquerque.
That's also the same home where Tuesday's incident started. Police have not confirmed if the woman in Tuesday's case is Montaño's mom.
"We do believe the suspect was previously acquainted with the victims although because we haven't been able to make that identification of the two victims we haven't been able to release what that relationship is," Officer Tasia Martinez said.
Detectives are letting them recover a bit more before they interview them.
Court records show Montaño also has a 2007 drug charge and a battery case from January.
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