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Federal charge set in Niles balcony arrest

YOUNGSTOWN — A fugitive wanted for charges out of Boardman, and arrested after a tussle with a federal agent on the balcony of a Niles hotel on Monday, now faces federal charges.

A federal criminal complaint was made against Montrell Holmes, of New Haven, Conn., who is charged with assaulting, resisting or impeding a federal officer. Holmes, 25, will have his first court appearance by videoconference 11:30 a.m. Wednesday before Magistrate Judge Carmen E. Henderson of the U.S. Northern Ohio District Court.

On Oct. 25, U.S. Marshals located a vehicle linked to Holmes’ woman friend in the southeast parking lot of the Days Inn at 1300 Youngstown Warren Road, Niles.

Holmes was wanted by Boardman police in connection with a stolen vehicle ramming a police cruiser in the village of Poland.

Task force members surrounded Room 203 and as agents entered the room, Holmes was running toward the balcony, according to a report. As they struggled, the balcony railing collapsed, causing Holmes and an agent to fall to the ground. A jail photo shows Holmes with a deep cut on his nose.

Agents moved in with a Taser to subdue Holmes, eventually restraining him in leg restraints and handcuffs. Holmes was taken to Trumbull Regional Medical Center to be treated for his injuries. After being treated, Holmes was taken into custody by Boardman police and taken to the Mahoning County jail.

In the Boardman police case involving the Poland police cruiser, Mahoning County court records show Holmes, who also is charged with obstruction of justice, fleeing and eluding, theft and receiving stolen property, is scheduled for a hearing Monday before Judge Joseph Houser in Boardman court.

gvogrin@tribtoday.com

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