A 17-year-old lay dying while the man who shot him, and his accomplices, fled the scene.
The men sped away in a black Honda Civic. The shooter wore a black and gray long-sleeved shirt. Another man wore a “distinctive” necklace. The suspects had spent hours in the area that night, and appeared to look in both directions of the road and down a nearby alley before the victim approached.
Kern County sheriff’s investigators know all this and more thanks to a surveillance camera that captured the movements of the defendants before, during and immediately after the July 21 shooting, according to newly released court documents.
Each defendant had prior contacts with law enforcement, and in at least two of the three men were identified by law enforcement officers who viewed still images of the footage.
Juan Montano, 22, his brother Jose Montano, 21, and Giovanni Jasso, 19, have pleaded not guilty to murder, among other charges, and are being held without bail. They are next due in court Sept. 18.
Investigators began gathering evidence against the three within days of the killing due to video surveillance from El Fogon De Los Morenos, a restaurant near the yard where the shooting occurred.
The surveillance footage was clear enough to see facial features, hairstyles, tattoos, clothing and jewelry, according to the documents. It also captured part of an earlier argument the victim, Abraham Rubio, had with Jose Montano, an altercation investigators believe prompted the shooting.
The argument involved “a verbal confrontation or disrespect issue over gang activity” near a residence at 8113 Paradise Road, investigators said in the documents. When Rubio left, he appeared agitated, the documents said.
In the hours following the argument, the defendants were spotted on surveillance footage repeatedly walking past the residence or traveling in the area in a black Civic, the documents said.
Around 8 p.m., Rubio again walked toward the residence, the documents said. As he approached, Jasso stood on the sidewalk and Juan Montano appeared to hide behind a vehicle parked in front of the residence.
Montano pulled an object from his waistband and ran to the front of the vehicle toward Rubio, according to the documents. Rubio backed up then fell outside the camera’s view.
The defendants then fled in the Civic. A fourth person who was with the…