Elderly California Asian woman murdered at random by homeless woman, cops say

Source: Riverside police

Apr. 4 2021, Published 3:05 p.m. ET

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An elderly Asian woman was murdered by a homeless woman, according to police.

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Police officers responded to reports of a woman hurt around 7:30 a.m. on April 3 in the area of Golden Avenue and Stonewall Drive, according to the Riverside Police Department

Officers found a woman on the ground bleeding profusely from her abdomen area and suffering from multiple stab wounds, according to police. The victim, who was identified as 64-year-old Ke Chieh Meng, of Riverside, died from her injuries.  

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A preliminary investigation revealed Meng was walking her two small dogs when she was randomly confronted and attacked by the transient woman, according to police.

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Police received calls from neighbors reporting a transient woman walking through their yards and appearing suspicious. Officers checked the nearby area and safely detained the woman. 

She was identified as Darlene Stephanie Montoya, 23, according to police. 

Detectives determined Montoya was the attacker and placed her under arrest. 

She was later booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center on charges of murder, weapons violation and suspicion of being under the influence of an illegal substance. She is being held without bail.

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Montoya was arrested by Riverside Police Officers earlier this week after she attacked a woman with a skateboard on Tyler Avenue.

In that incident, officers charged Montoya with a deadly weapon, but due to the current emergency bail schedule during the COVID-19 pandemic, she was released on a “Notice to Appear” citation.


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