Elizabeth Montoya

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Service Record

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Agency San Antonio Texas Police Department
Rank Officer
Dates of Service Ended 2019.[1]
Salary $67,019 (2019)[2]
Last Known Status Suspended[3]
Agency Leon Valley Texas Police Department
Rank Reserve Officer
Dates of Service Ended April, 2021.[4]
Agency Elmendorf Texas Police Department
Rank Officer
Last Known Status Active[1]

Incident Reports

2015 Arrest of Lionel Flores

On April 24, 2015, Montoya kicked a handcuffed prisoner and put her foot on his neck.[4]

Department Response

On October 1, 2015, Montoya received a 10-day suspension for violating department rules pertaining to responsibility to serve the public and for stopping her body camera while not permitted to. The suspension was reduced to five days.[4][5]

Legal Action

Montoya was criminally investigated and the findings were forwarded to the District Attorney's office, but charges were not brought.[4]

2018 Threat to Deploy Taser

On August 20, 2018, Montoya was clearing transients from the parking lot of a convenience store when she threatened to deploy her stun gun on a homeless person while telling them to pick up their trash.[3]

Department Response

Montoya was suspended for 10 days, but the indefinite suspension in the Esparza incident superseded the disciplinary action.[3]

2018 Arrest of Kimberly Esparza

Response Timeline

On January 16, 2019, Montoya was indefinitely suspended due to use of "unnecessary physical violence" and treating Esparza inhumanely.[3]

The police department forwarded a criminal case against Montoya to the Bexar County District Attorney's Office for prosecution. Montoya was not charged.[4]

In March 2022, Montoya testified at an arbitraton hearing that she used "rabbit punches" to gain compliance from Esparza, who had been kicking her. Montoya's attorney also argued that the department had not terminated 17 other officers who had failed to care for suspects in their custody.[6]

On August 24, 2022, an arbitrator ordered that Montoya be reinstated and reduced the suspension to 45 days.[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Dillon Collier, Ex-SAPD officer who repeatedly punched handcuffed pregnant woman lands at Elmendorf PD, '2021-12-02
  2. Elizabeth Jean Montoya, Open Payrolls
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Officer fired after punching pregnant woman, yanking her out of car by hair, records show, KSAT, 2019-02-27
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 SAPD officer fired for repeatedly punching handcuffed pregnant woman still fighting to win back job, KSAT, 2021-11-01
  5. Agreed Suspension, San Antonio Police Department, 2015-10-01
  6. 6.0 6.1 Dillon Collier, [1] SAPD officer fired for repeatedly punching handcuffed pregnant woman wins back her job], KSAT, 2022-08-24