Esteban Montenegro

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Service Record

Dallas Texas Police Department

Rank Detective
Last Known Status Administrative Leave[1]

Incident Reports

2021 Arrest of Bryan Riser

In August 2019, an informant told Montenegro that fellow officer Bryan Riser had paid for the 2017 killings of Lisa Saenz and Albert Douglas.[2]

In March 2021, Montenegro presented evidence that Riser had been in the area where the murders were committed. Riser was fired and arrested.[2]

Montenegro later admitted that Riser was in the area at a different time than when the murders were committed.[2]

Response Timeline

On April 7, 2021, a judge dismissed the case against Riser for lack of probable cause.[3]

On December 16, 2021, Montenegro was placed on administrative leave.[1]

On March 23, 2022, Montenegro was charged with two felony counts of tampering with records and a misdemeanor count for perjury.[1]

On May 5, 2022, Riser filed a lawsuit alleging that Montenegro violated his civil rights by falsely arresting and jailing him.[2][4]

On February 24, 2023, a grand jury declined to indict Montenegro.[2]

An internal investigation remains open.[2]

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