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March 21, 2017

Arrests Made in Motel Homicide

Around 5:30 p.m. on March 20, 2017, James Martin Baca, 37, and Rebecca Irene Temme, 35, of Sacramento were arrested for the murder of 53-year-old Leonora Montoya who was found shot to death at the Surf Motel on Auburn Boulevard in the late evening hours of March 19, 2017.

Homicide detectives identified Baca and Temme during their investigation into the murder, and found they had stolen the victim’s vehicle after the murder.  The vehicle with the suspects was located in Menlo Park, and a high speed pursuit ensued.  With the assistance of the California Highway Patrol, Menlo Park Police Department, and Redwood City Police Department, the suspects were apprehended after crashing the vehicle and fleeing on foot.

A little after 11:45 p.m. on March 19, 2017, the Sheriff’s Communication Center received a 911 call regarding a gunshot heard in the 3200 block of Auburn Boulevard in Sacramento.  Further information was provided that the gunshot came from a room inside the motel.  Sheriff’s deputies responded to the motel, and began to canvass the area.  Deputies located Montoya inside the motel room with a gunshot wound to the head.  She was pronounced deceased at the scene.  Investigators believe there was prior animosity between the suspects and victim which led to the robbery and murder.

Rebecca Temme was arrested for robbery, murder, and violation of her Post Release Community Supervision (AB109).  James Baca was arrested for robbery, murder, and violation of parole.  Both Temme and Baca were booked at the Sacramento County Main Jail, and are currently ineligible for bail.  Both suspects are scheduled to be arraigned in Sacramento Superior Court on March 22, 2017.

Detectives are asking anyone with information relating to this incident, to please contact the Sheriff’s Department at (916) 874-5115 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP.  Tip information may also be left anonymously at or by calling (916) 874-TIPS (8477).


Sergeant Tony Turnbull

Sheriff’s Spokesman

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