After violating the terms of his pretrial release by shooting
a mountain lion, a Colorado
man accused of participating in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol is now on house arrest.
Patrick Montgomery, 48, was arrested in January in Littleton, Colorado, and was indicted on 10 counts, including assaulting a police
officer, illegally entering the Capitol, and engaging in violence. He was released and allowed to return to Colorado under several conditions, including that he not possess any firearms.
Montgomery violated those terms on March 31, when he shot and killed a mountain lion in a park south of Denver with a.357-caliber handgun. Montgomery also violated state laws by possessing the firearm; he is prohibited from doing so due to a felony robbery conviction from 1996.
According to a motion filed by federal prosecutors to revoke Montgomery's pretrial release, Montgomery notified a Colorado Parks and Wildlife
officer on the day he shot the animal, and the officer examined the carcass and discovered a bullet hole consistent with the handgun.
It's not the first time he's broken the law while on release. On Jan. 25, eight days after being arrested for his suspected role in the riot, he admitted to a CPW officer that he had knocked a bobcat from a tree with a slingshot and allowed his dogs
to kill it, both of which are illegal in Colorado. He was charged with two offenses and has a hearing set for May 19.
“Given that Montgomery has repeatedly and flagrantly violated both state and federal law while on pre-trial release in this case, including by possessing and using a firearm,” prosecutors said in the motion.
Prosecutors also stated that Montgomery was probably aware of Colorado hunting
regulations, as he has stated that he is a professional hunting guide and owns a hunting service.
“Montgomery has no respect for the Court’s orders, just as he had no respect for law enforcement at the Capitol on January 6
,” according to the prosecutor’s motion. “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.
The US Attorney's Office initially said Montgomery would be detained and had asked him to turn himself in by Monday, but a motion filed Friday said the office had reached an agreement with Montgomery's defense to keep him from incarceration. His new proposed pretrial conditions include 24/7 house arrest and GPS
monitoring, in addition to his previous terms.
He is due in court on July 28 for a status hearing on his indictment in connection with the Capitol riot
, for which he has pleaded not guilty to all ten counts.