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Fugitive arrested after leading officers on a chase in Billings

A federal fugitive led local, state, and federal law enforcement on a chase early Sunday morning.

Nick Montano, 33, was spotted at the Heights Walmart, which led to a pursuit with Yellowstone County deputies and Montana Highway Patrol troopers.

Montano drove south on Main Street in the northbound lanes of traffic during the chase.

The chase ended when Montano, driving a stolen Cadillac Escalade, crashed in the 2300 block of 7th Avenue North.

He then ran away, breaking into a home in the area and being removed by the resident. Other residents in the area said they saw a man running by their windows as police and federal agencies joined the chase and the subsequent perimeter search of a three-block area downtown. 

Law enforcement believed they had Montano cornered in a home at 708 North 25th Street. They found the residence with a kicked-in door.

Due to the outstanding federal warrant, the U.S. Marshals Service and the ATF were on hand to lead in the capture of Montano.

After the residents of the home were out, officers went in and cleared the building. Unfortunately, Montano was not found in the home.  

Billings Police along with federal authorities were in the process of a secondary sweep of the area when they found what appeared to be a large bag of drugs in the doorway of an apartment building at 703 North 26th Street. 

Authorities began to search the building and eventually found Montano in the last apartment.

Law enforcement set up a perimeter around the building and gained access to the apartment where they arrested Montano.

No one else was found in the apartment.

Lt. Cady with the Billings Police Department said over 14 Billings police, Yellowstone County deputies, Montana Highway Patrol, the U.S. Marshall Service, and the ATF were on hand during the incident to assist in the capture.

Montano was known to have weapons and body armor. It is unknown at this time if he was found with a weapon or armor.

Montano is booked in at the Yellowstone County Detention Facility on federal charges. 

  • Reported by Justin Hosa – MTN News

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