16-year-old charged in 2019 Norcross homicide

A 16-year-old Norcross resident has been arrested and charged with felony murder and aggravated assault stemming from a 2019 homicide.

Leslie Garcia-Juarez, 16, of Norcross, was arrested on charges stemming from the slaying of 19-year-old Osiel Montano, of Norcross, which occurred in December of 2019.

Garcia-Juarez was arrested at the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice, Regional Youth Detention Center in Gainesville. According to police, he was being held there after being charged in December 2020 by the Gwinnett County Police Department on an unrelated homicide.

The Crime

On Monday, December 30, 2019, the GBI was asked by the Norcross Police Department to assist with the homicide investigation. Montano’s body had been found in an abandoned apartment at the Spring Lake Apartment complex located at 100 Chase Common Drive in Norcross. Montano died from a single gunshot wound to the head.

The GBI believes Garcia-Juarez shot and killed Montano and then fled the scene.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the GBI. Tips can be submitted by calling 1-800-597-TIPS(8477), online at https://gbi.georgia.gov/submit-tips-online, or by downloading the See Something, Send Something mobile app.

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