Pittsburgh Man Faces Federal Arson Charges For Allegedly Setting Fire To Police Car During May Protests

Jeff Oravitz
June 30, 2020 - 11:00 pm

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - A Pittsburgh man is facing federal arson charges related to activities that took place during the May 30 protests in the city.

Police say 24-year-old Devin Montgomery has been charged with malicious destruction of property using fire or explosives. Montgomery is suspected of setting fire to an unmarked police car near PPG Paints Arena during the protests.

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"Setting a police car on fire is a federal crime, and one that we will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law,” said U.S. Attorney Scott Brady. “This is part of our commitment to protect First Amendment rights. Peaceful protestors embody those rights and have full protections of federal law. The people who choose to disrupt those protests with violence and destruction will face prosecution.”

Montgomery is alleged to have set fire to the police vehicle along with another suspect and police say the incident was captured on video.

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"Setting fire to a law enforcement vehicle is never acceptable, even in these unprecedented times,” said Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent in Charge John Schmidt. “The arrest of Devin Montgomery will undoubtedly send a message that violent acts will be investigated and prosecuted. ATF, with the assistance of our local and state partners in this case the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, is dedicated to protecting the public from violent crime.”

Montgomery was taken into federal custody Tuesday afternoon. If convicted, he faces a minimum of five years in prison, with potential to get up to 20 years. In addition, he could receive a fine of up to $250,000.

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