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US Marshals alert: Sangrey is considered armed and dangerous

The US Marshals Service has issued an alert to advise people in and around Great Falls to be on the look-out for James Joseph “JJ” Sangrey, Jr.

The US Marshals alert says that Sangrey is wanted on $600,000 in warrants for bail-jumping, violation of bail conditions, and failing to abide by terms of conditional release.

According to the alert, Sangrey is considered armed and dangerous, and anyone who sees him should not approach or engage him.

If you see Sangrey, you’re asked to call 911, or the US Marshals at 406-453-7597. You can also report anonymously at

US Marshals alert: Sangrey is considered armed and dangerous
US Marshals alert: Sangrey is considered armed and dangerous


(AUGUST 2018) Cheyenne Marie Hartman has been charged with one felony count of obstructing justice, and James Joseph Sangrey (Jr.) has been charged with one misdemeanor count of obstructing a peace officer. The charges come after Tuesday’s brief stand-off with law enforcement officers in Great Falls.

Court documents state that on Friday, August 3rd, police contacted Hartman at her residence while looking for Sangrey; there was a warrant for Sangrey’s arrest. Hartman was told that if she assisted Sangrey in any way in eluding police, she could be charged with obstructing justice.

On Monday, August 6th, officers received information that Hartman and Sangrey were together at her residence. Sangrey tried to leave in a Dodge pickup truck, but it wouldn’t start, he then got into another vehicle with Hartman and another woman. Police later saw an “unknown person” arrived at the residence and jump-started the pickup truck.

A short time later, a police officer later saw the pickup truck in the parking lot at Target – with Sangrey, Hartman, and another woman inside – and the officer attempted a traffic stop, but the driver did not stop and managed to elude police.

On Wednesday, August 7th, officers learned that Sangrey was hiding in a home on the 1800 block of 11th Avenue South, and that Hartman was inside with him.

Several police officers – including the High-Risk Unit – responded to the area and set up a perimeter around the house. Court documents say that Sangrey tried to run out the back door, but ran back inside when he saw police officers. Sangrey was ordered to come out of the house and advised that there was a warrant for his arrest. At one point, according to court documents, Sangrey told police that he was “going to die today.”

After less than 90 minutes, Hartman came out of the home and was taken into custody, and Sangrey was arrested a short time later.

Court documents note that Sangrey has a lengthy criminal history, including several partner/family member assaults; bond revocations; violating conditional release; violating orders of protection; criminal endangerment; and criminal possession of dangerous drugs.

There are no references to any convictions or criminal history for Hartman.

Prosecutors requested that bond for Hartman and Sangrey be set at $10,000 each.

(MARCH 2017) James Joseph Sangrey appeared in court on Tuesday, charged with several felonies and misdemeanors after a Friday night crash in Great Falls.

The crash happened just after 10:30 p.m. at the intersection of 3rd Street NW and Central Avenue West when the pickup truck driven by 34-year-old Sangrey rear-ended another car.

The victim’s car sustained rear-end damage; the driver pulled into the First Interstate Bank parking lot to notify police of the crash. The victim was taken to Benefis Health System for injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.

The GFPD report states that Sangrey was driving with no headlights on, driving in the wrong lane, drove up on the sidewalk, hit a light pole, and possibly a Central Avenue West sign. Sangrey’s vehicle sustained significant front-end damage and was towed.

According to charging documents, Sangrey told police at the scene that he had “too much to drink,” and officers saw an empty beer can in the back of the truck, and an empty beer bottle in the front seat.

When Sangrey got out of the truck, police say that the smelled of alcohol and was stumbling to the point that he nearly fell down.

Sangrey was taken to the Cascade County Detention Center, where a breathalyzer test revealed a blood-alcohol content of .265, which is more than three times the legal limit for driving.

When officers searched Sangrey, they found a small baggie containing meth. Sangrey told officers that he doesn’t do meth. Sangrey has been charged with criminal possession of dangerous drugs, driving under the influence, aggravated DUI, two counts of careless driving, failure to give notice of crash by quickest means possible, and failure to have headlights illuminated.

Court documents state that Sangrey has two felony convictions and was recently released from custody of the Montana Department of Corrections.

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