BELEN, N.M. (KRQE) -
Two men have been arrested in connection with a violent home invasion
in which a little boy was shot, and one of them did not go down without a fight.
Isaac Vallejos, 30, and Leroy Montoya, 26, are behind bars facing a multitude of charges in connection with the incident, but it was Montoya who led police on quite the chase.
It was a terrifying scene last Wednesday when two masked men tried to burglarize a home in Tome in the middle of the afternoon. A mother and her three children were inside at the time and were threatened by the suspects.
During a struggle one of the children, a 10-year-old boy, stepped in to protect his mother and was shot
in the arm.
Saturday Isaac Vallejos turned himself in to State Police in Albuquerque without incident.
Then Monday police, still on the hunt for Montoya, got an anonymous tip he was hiding out a his mom's house in Belen. He didn't give up easy.
Belen Police Chief Dan Robb says Montoya saw police while he was driving away from the home with his mother in the car. They tried to stop him, but he refused to pull over and then he took off.
After fleeing for about five miles, Montoya pushed his mom from the moving car and speed off.
Police say at points the chase reached speeds of more than 90 miles per hour and lasted for about 15 miles.
Things ended when Montoya crashed his car near NM 47 and Vallejos Road. Police say neither Montoya or his mother were seriously hurt.
Online court records show both suspects have lengthy criminal records.
Vallejos has been arrested repeatedly since 2003 for drug, burglary and larceny charges, and Montoya has aggravated assault with a deadly weapons charges stemming back to 2007.
Police say this investigation is ongoing, and are not saying which man may have been the shooter.
The 10-year-old victim's mother told KRQE News 13 all three of her children are heroes. She also said Home Depot is helping the family replace doors and secure the home.
The 10-year-old is recovering from his injuries.