A Roxborough-area man is facing federal charges after allegedly participating in the insurrection inside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6. Patrick Montgomery, 48, faces one charge of …
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A Roxborough-area man is facing federal charges after allegedly participating in the insurrection inside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6.
Patrick Montgomery, 48, faces one charge of knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building without authority to do so, and a charge of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
If convicted, Montgomery faces maximum penalties of one year in jail and/or a $100,000 fine on the first charge and six months in jail and/or a $5,000 fine on the second charge.
Read the full affidavit.
Montgomery was released from federal custody following a court appearance on Jan. 19. His next hearing is scheduled for Feb. 2.
Montgomery is the fifth Coloradan charged in connection with the Jan. 6 insurrection that saw supporters of President Donald Trump storm the Capitol in objection to Joe Biden's win, leaving five dead.
Montgomery's Jan. 19 hearing took place alongside Robert Gieswein, a Woodland Park man also accused of participating in the insurrection.
Three tipsters notified federal authorities after seeing photos and posts referencing storming the Capitol on Montgomery's Facebook page, according to an affidavit filed in federal court.
“We stormed the Senate … opened those Chamber door (sic) for Transparency!” Montgomery wrote in one post, along with a photo taken inside the Senate chamber.
Other photos and posts from the Facebook page show Montgomery either traveling to Washington or participating in the “Stop the Steal” protest outside the Capitol objecting to Biden's election to the presidency, according to the affidavit.
“I'm not a scared cat or running from anything,” Montgomery wrote in an email exchange with one tipster, the affidavit says. “Im (sic) so deeply covered by the best Federal Defense lawyers in the country in case you chicken (expletive) cry boys don't want it takes to defend our freedom from these corrupt politicians.”
Montgomery will be appointed a public defender in the case.
Another Facebook user posted a photo to Montgomery's page taken from inside the Senate chambers during the riot, asking if a man in the photo was him. Montgomery responded, “Got nothing to hide …”
“I didn't storm the castle violently,” Montgomery wrote in an email, according to the affidavit. “My group was let in peacefully by the police we were talking to with respect. We came a[n]d left peacefully before the anarchist and Antifa showed up breaking (expletive) and being hoodlums.”
FBI officials have said there is no evidence “Antifa” participated in the riot.
Montgomery deleted the posts referencing the Washington protest and riot on Jan. 7, according to the affidavit.
Montgomery is the owner of Pmonte Outdoors, a hunting guide services company, according to state records. Photos from his Facebook page show him on many big game hunts, posing with dead animals, including water buffalo, jaguars and lynx.
Montgomery's criminal record includes guilty pleas to two charges of driving under the influence, driving while ability impaired, hunting without permission, criminal mischief, and multiple charges of driving with a suspended license.
Though Montgomery's next hearing will be held in Denver, further hearings will likely be held in Washington, D.C., according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
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