A hunting guide accused of assaulting a police officer during the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol has been placed on house arrest by a judge, over allegations that he violated the terms of his release by allegedly shooting a mountain lion while under court orders.
Patrick Montgomery, 48, is not supposed to have a gun at all because of prior felony charges, prosecutors say.
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Montgomery runs a guide service called Pmonte Outdoors out of Littleton, Colorado. In January, he was indicted on 10 counts after allegedly entering the Capitol building and “kicking a police officer in the chest and trying to take his baton during riots,” The Denver Gazette reported, citing court documents.
“Montgomery has no respect for the Court’s orders, just like he had no respect for law enforcement at the Capitol on January 6,” acting United States Attorney Channing Phillips wrote in court documents.
“Instead of peacefully protesting, he tried to grab a Metropolitan Police Department officer’s baton, wrestled him to the ground for it, and then kicked the officer in the chest while wearing a boot,” Phillips claims. “After the officer regained control of his baton, Montgomery stood up, and held up his two middle fingers at the officer. “
CBS News reported that since Montgomery’s arrest, he has been free on pre-trial release, but prosecutors pressed Monday for him to be placed under house arrest over allegations that he violated the stipulation that he not “possess illegal firearms.” The judge agreed.
The house arrest was sparked by a mountain lion hunt of which the U.S. Attorney’s Office supplied a picture purportedly showing Montgomery on March 31 holding up a mountain lion kill.
Montgomery allegedly told an officer at a park that he had killed the animal with a .357 magnum handgun. After running a background check, the officer found that Montgomery was convicted of three counts of felony robbery from 1996.
But this was not the first time Montgomery violated his release, according to prosecutors who say he also “illegally hunted a bobcat in January, allegedly using a slingshot to knock it out of a tree and then allowed his dogs to kill it in violation of state law,” ABC News reported.
When confronted about the past convictions, Montgomery “said he was granted a plea agreement that allowed him possession of firearms for the purposes of hunting and guiding,” CBS reported.
Alleged U.S. Capitol Rioter Patrick Montgomery Faces Arrest After Hunting Mountain Lion