The FBI has announced a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect in a 2006 Galt murder case.
Javier Montanez Jr., now 30 years old, is wanted in the slaying of a man following a Jan. 6, 2006, party at a Galt residence, according to an FBI news release. He is being sought for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.
Montanez, also known as “Spidy,” is a member of the Sureño street gang and may have fled the United States, possibly to Mexico, according to the FBI.
Montanez allegedly was leaving a party at a Galt residence when he confronted a man who was not at the party. After a discussion, Montanez allegedly jumped the man, knocking him to the ground while kicking and punching him.
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Montanez allegedly was armed with a large knife and reportedly lunged at the man, fatally stabbing him in the chest.
A felony arrest warrant for Montanez was issued by the Sacramento Superior Court on Jan. 9, 2006, and he was charged with murder.
On Aug. 26, 2008, a federal arrest warrant was issued by the U.S. District Court in Sacramento after Montanez was charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.
Montanez, who was born in the San Joaquin County community of French Camp, is described as 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 140 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He has a tattoo on his back and possible scars from knife wounds on his neck and back, according to the news release. The FBI released photos showing him at different ages.
Anyone with information regarding Montanez is asked to call their local FBI office or the nearest American Embassy or consulate.