West Sacramento Police Impersonator Gets 25-Year State Prison Sentence
During the summer of 2012, Alicia Ortega, the girlfriend of Roberto Montalvo, 53, a resident of West Sacramento, engaged robbery victims by offering acts of prostitution. Montalvo would then arrive on the scene dressed as a police officer and flashing a badge.
In August, 2014, according to a Yolo County District Attorney’s Office press release, a Yolo County jury convicted Montalvo of four felonies and three misdemeanors in connection with two robberies which Montalvo perpetrated while impersonating a police officer. Specifically, the jury convicted Montalvo of robbery in the first degree, robbery in the second degree, burglary in the first degree, possession of crack cocaine, two counts of impersonating a police officer and possession of drug paraphernalia. Montalvo has prior convictions for aggravated kidnapping and aggravated robbery from Illinois. Ortega was offered and took a plea deal, avoiding a jury trial for her.
Deputy District Attorney Jay Linden prosecuted the case and praised the jury’s verdicts. “Criminals who pose as police officers when they commit violent crimes cause emotional and physical damage to their victims and also betray the trust citizens have in those who protect them. This jury sent a strong message that this type of criminal conduct will not be tolerated,” said Linden.
Montalvo will be eligible for parole after serving 21 years of his 25 year sentence. Ortega pleaded guilty to one count of robbery in exchange for a 10-year prison sentence.