Felony charges are expected to be filed Wednesday against a transient who allegedly stabbed a 64-year-old Riverside woman to death as she was walking her dogs.
Darlene Stephanie Montoya, 23, was arrested and booked into the Robert Presley Jail on Saturday on suspicion of murder, possession of a deadly weapon and being under the influence of a controlled substance.
Montoya is being held without bail and will likely make her initial court appearance at the Riverside Hall of Justice on Thursday, if a criminal complaint is filed.
According to Officer Ryan Railsback of the Riverside Police Department, Ke Chieh Meng was out with her two small pets on Golden Avenue, near Stonewall Drive, at about 7 a.m. Saturday when Montoya approached her.
“Ms. Meng … was randomly confronted and attacked by the suspect,” Railsback said. “During the attack, Ms. Meng was stabbed, and the suspect fled the scene.”
Witnesses called 911, and paramedics reached the location within a couple of minutes.
“They (found) the victim bleeding from her abdomen and suffering stab wounds,” Railsback said.
He said Meng was taken to Riverside Community Hospital, where she died roughly an hour later.
Based on eyewitness accounts and other evidence, Montoya was quickly identified as the alleged assailant. She was located and taken into custody without incident on Midland Road less than an hour after the attack, according to the police spokesman.
Railsback said Montoya, whose last known address was in Monterey Park, hit a woman with a skateboard on Tyler Avenue, under the Riverside (91) Freeway, last Tuesday and was arrested on suspicion of assault.
“Due to the current emergency bail schedule for COVID-19 … she was released,” he said, adding that Montoya had been given a citation with a notice to appear in court in the next two months.
The suspect has no documented prior felony convictions in Riverside County.