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May 27, 2015

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Third suspect in fatal beating of man arrested after police find her driving victim’s car

A 24-year-old woman arrested Tuesday is the third person accused of killing a man the three were allegedly trying to steal money from in April.

Amber Montoya was arrested in connection with the death of 37-year-old Abraham Mathews, whose handcuffed body was found April 10 near Pecos Road and Owens Avenue, according to an arrest report released Wednesday.

Two other suspects — Jonathan Reyes, 23, and Eric Orduna, 46 — were arrested last month and have been charged with six felony counts, including robbery, first-degree kidnapping and murder with a deadly weapon, a criminal complaint states.

Montoya was arrested on counts of conspiracy to commit murder, murder with a deadly weapon, robbery with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, kidnapping and possession of a stolen vehicle, according to a jail booking log.

Montoya’s arrest report outlines the following information:

North Las Vegas Police officers discovered Montoya driving the victim’s car June 2, prompting Metro Police homicide detectives to contact her for information related to his death.

Montoya told detectives that two men she knows as “Knight Owl” and “Tinny” tied up and beat Mathews while they were trying to retrieve his personal banking information. Police later identified the men as Orduna and Reyes.

Mathews eventually died from the beating, and Orduna asked Montoya to help dispose of his body. Montoya told detectives they loaded Mathews’ body in a car and dumped it at the location near Pecos Road and Owens Avenue.

Montoya said she followed Orduna’s instructions because she feared him.

Reyes, however, told detectives that Montoya participated in the beating by hitting Mathews with a metal bar.

Montoya told detectives she knew Mathews because they had used methamphetamine together at motel. After Mathews’ death, Montoya kept his car, which she said he had promised her in exchange for sex.

Detectives allege Montoya conspired with Orduna and Reyes to commit the crimes. Montoya was booked at the Clark County Detention Center, where she is being held without bail, according to jail records.

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