Dental Assistant Found Fatally Stabbed in Carlsbad

This last Friday the tragic murder of a beloved Carlsbad Dental Assistant sadly transpired. Authorities reported that on Friday, November 9, 2012, JoAnne Javier was found stabbed to death in her car of the parking lot where she worked. The 24-year-old, who was late returning from her break, was discovered by her employer slumped over in her SUV. A witness called 911 after hearing a lady screaming, ‘My assistant, my assistant, call 911.”

According to Carlsbad Police, patrol officers responded to a 911 call around 4:30p.m. to the parking lot in the 5800 block of Van Allen Way. Tragically, they found the young woman in her car slumped over and bleeding from her chest. The victim appeared to have been stabbed in the chest multiple times. A short time later, paramedics pronounced the Javier dead at the scene.

Police immediately began investigating Javier’s murder. A few hours later, homicide detectives developed information on a male suspect believed to be responsible for her murder. That suspect was Javier’s boyfriend, John Monta. He is also the father of Javier’s 3-year-old child {NBC 7}. Carlsbad detectives went to Monta’s apartment, with the assistance of San Diego Police.

After an hour long stand-off at his home, located in the 2200 block of Dunlop Street in Linda Vista, police officials manage to persuade Monta to come out of his apartment. He was taken into custody on suspicion of Javier’s murder and he left his home carrying a medical bag. His father soon told NBC 7 that the his son is dying from lymphoma and that he had just undergone a bone marrow transfusion.

It was reported that surveillance footage of the Van Allen Way parking lot is was what led police to Monta’s apartment. A police source told NBC 7 that a surveillance camera captured the suspect’s silver vehicle near the scene of the victim’s stabbing. News reports stated that Monta seemed surprised when he was arrested and apparently he acted as though he did not know what was going on.

A motive for the murder is not yet known. According to NBC 7, friends of the victim stated the couple had been arguing a lot lately. Criminal defense attorney Gretchen Von Helms told NBC 7 that Monta’s alleged medical condition could play a role in his defense in court. Monta is being held at Vista Detention Facility without bail and he is facing one count of first-degree murder.

It is vital that all individuals arrested for a crime seek a skilled criminal defense attorney, especially when the crime involves murder.The consequences of a murder conviction are severe! 15 to life, 25 to life, life without the possibility of parole, or even Death…… These cases are extremely emotional on all involved including the defendant’s family and the victim’s family. Selecting the best legal representation for you or a loved one in a murder case is critical!

Sources: “Boyfriend Arrested in Woman’s Fatal Stabbing” ~ NBC 7 San Diego,
November 12, 2012

Man Arrested in Connection With Woman’s Stabbing Death ~ 10News San Diego,
November 10, 2012

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