More Murder and Child Endangerment in Orange County

Anaheim may house the "Happiest Place on Earth" with Disneyland, but clearly, there's areas that are not safe for women and children. Sadly, Anaheim is also the location of a domestic murder on Tuesday. Samuel Oscar Montes has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend, Nicole Gutierrez, although police have not determined a motive.

Samuel Montes. Photo courtesy of the Orange County District Attorney's Office.

According to Orange County Superior Court records, Montes not only faces one felony count of murder, but also use of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance, and three felony counts of child abuse and endangerment. Child abuse and endangerment? Yes, apparently Montes thought that his children with Gutierrez, a 3-year-old boy, a 1-month-old boy and a 1-year-old girl, wouldn't mind that he fatally shot their mother right in front of them.

What with the verdict of a fatal stabbing due to a critique of driving skills, this murder sounds like it could have resulted from nothing more serious than a drug-fuelled rage-Montes was charged with possessing methamphetamine.

Although investigators have determined that Montes was at the residence at the time of the shooting, by the time officers responded to the reports of a shooting in the 2100 block of East Banyan Drive, Montes had fled the scene. By that time, Gutierrez was beyond help, and was pronounced dead at the scene. Officers did contact Montes later, and arrested him on suspicion of murder after interviewing him.

It's unlikely that Montes will make the $1 million bail, so he will probably remain in Orange County Jail until his September 16th arraignment.

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