Louisiana law enforcement officials are currently searching for a man who is accused of killing his live-in girlfriend on Sunday morning before fleeing with his three children. According to sheriff’s office spokesman John Fortunato, a warrant on a charge of second-degree murder has been issued for Pedro Alberto Monterroso-Navas, who is 43 years of age. An Amber alert asking the public to be on the lookout for Jessica Monterroso, 12; Yojan Monterroso-Flores, 4; and Jafet Monterroso-Monroy, 2, has also been issued.
Sheriff Newell Normand relates that the murder of Monterroso-Navas’ girlfriend, who has not been named, occurred at approximately 3:30 a.m. Sunday in a Metairie, Louisiana, apartment. Two children, aged eight and five, who were left behind by Monterroso-Navas when he fled with the other three, alerted neighbors by knocking on their door. When the neighbors opened the door, the children told them that something had happened to their mother. The neighbors phoned the police, who arrived to find the children’s mother, 25,unconscious in the bathtub from what appeared to be blunt force head injuries. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Her identity will not be revealed until her family has been notified of her death by the coroner.
Monterroso-Navas and the victim had the 2-year-old child together. Monterros0-Navas, originally from Honduras, was also the father of the 4-year-old and the 12-year-old. All three of his biological children are thought to be with him currently. The 5-year-old and the 8-year-old are the victim’s biological children and were the children who alerted the neighbors that something was wrong with their mother. Original reports by the sheriff’s office that the victim and her alleged murderer were married were incorrect.
Fortunato said that authorities are unsure what type of vehicle, in any, Monterroso-Navas may be driving. Neither he nor the victim owned a vehicle and police are unsure how Monterroso-Navas may have fled with his children. There is mass transit available in Metairie, but it does not run late at night or on holidays or Sundays. Interstate 10 runs through the community, as do various other major roads. In addition, the southern end of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway is located in the city.
Photos of two of his children have been released, but as of now, there is no photo available of the missing 4-year-old. According to Sheriff Normand, Monterroso-Navas is Latino and has brown hair. He was last seen in a blue shirt and black pants. He is distinguished by the limp he displays when he walks and has been known to use the name Wilson Rigoberto Mina. Officials are working with the Latino community in Metairie, Louisiana, in order to glean more information about the possible whereabouts of Monterroso-Navas. Metairie, the largest community in Jefferson Parish, is unincorporated. If it were incorporated, it would be Louisiana’s fourth-largest city. Latinos are the second-largest racial group in Metairie, making up 12.59% of the population of nearly 138,500 people.
Anyone who spots Monterroso-Navas or his three children is asked to call 9-1-1, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office at 504-364-5300, or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.
By Jennifer Pfalz