A $5,000 reward is being offered for the arrest of a man wanted in a Galt stabbing death a decade ago.
The FBI announced the reward offer on Tuesday in the hope that someone can help agents find Javier Montanez Jr., 29, who has been sought since 2006 in the killing of Clinton Poole, 19, outside a house party in Galt.
The FBI said Montanez may have fled to Mexico. Montanez, nicknamed “Spidy”, is a member of the Sureño street gang.
Born in French Camp, Montanez is believed to have scars from knife wounds on his neck and back. Some of the scars may have been from the bloody attack that killed Poole.
On Jan. 6, 2006, Montanez arrived at a house in the 700 block of Moose Creek Way with one of two groups of uninvited guests.
Angry words were exchanged about a song played on the stereo, police said at the time, and the argument moved outside about 11:40 p.m. and escalated into violence.
Poole, who lived across the street, heard the noise and came out of his home. Words were exchanged between Poole and people out on the street, police said.
From there the sequence of events is less clear. At some point Montanez was slashed, but detectives did not know by whom, police said. Witnesses said Poole was carrying a knife that was recovered at the scene.
Montanez then allegedly lunged at Poole and fatally stabbed him in the chest, according to the FBI. The murder weapon not recovered, police said in 2006.
Montanez fled with others in a white Lincoln town car and stopped at another home before being dropped off at Lodi Memorial Hospital. He received about 70 staples for lacerations on his right shoulder, neck and back.
Medical personnel called Galt police at 12:18 a.m., when Montanez said he had been attacked at a Galt gas station.
When officers arrived at the hospital, Montanez told them he had been at the party, police said. After providing a statement, Montanez was released.
Police later learned Montanez was suspected in the homicide. A few days later, a shotgun blast was fired at a home where Montanez resided before fleeing.
An online wanted poster tweeted by the FBI notes that a felony arrest warrant was issued for Montanez on Jan. 9, 2006, and that he was charged with murder.
On Aug. 26, 2008, an arrest warrant was issued in federal court after he was charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.