A Littleton man charged with participating in the Jan. 6 riot and storming of the U.S. Capitol is facing house arrest after he violated the terms of his pretrial release by hunting a mountain lion.
Patrick Montgomery, a 48-year-old hunting guide at Pmonte Outdoors, was arrested in January and indicted on 10 charges, including assaulting a police officer, engaging in physical violence and illegally entering the Capitol building.
Montgomery is accused of kicking a police officer in the chest and trying to take his baton during the riots at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. that left five people dead, according to court records.
Montgomery has been in Colorado on conditional pre-trial release since January; however, documents filed in federal court this week allege that he violated the conditions of his release by hunting and killing a mountain lion in Douglas County on March 31.
Under his release, Montgomery was ordered not to possess any guns while the federal charges against him are pending, according to the court documents.
Montgomery was also ordered not to violate federal, state or local law while on release and, since he pleaded guilty to robbery in New Mexico and was sentenced to six years in prison in 1996, it is illegal for him to possess a firearm.
He also violated state law soon after his release in January when he illegally hunted a bobcat by hitting it out of a tree with a slingshot and having his dogs kill it – both methods which are banned in Colorado, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
The U.S. Attorney's Office initially said Montgomery’s pretrial release would be revoked and demanded he turn himself in to the authorities by Monday at noon. However, on Friday, the office filed a motion that it had reached an agreement with Montgomery to keep him out of jail.
Montgomery’s new pretrial conditions include 24/7 house arrest and GPS monitoring, in addition to all of the previous restrictions, including no hunting, possessing firearms or committing federal or state crimes.
A hearing is scheduled at 9 a.m. Monday for the court to grant the new pretrial conditions request.
Montgomery has a status hearing for his 10-count indictment regarding the Capitol riot scheduled for July 28. He pleaded not guilty to all counts.
Montgomery could also face state charges of illegal possession of wildlife and felony possession of a weapon by a previous offender for his illegal hunting practices, according to the court documents.