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Connecticut man guilty of fight with fed agent

YOUNGSTOWN — A New Haven, Conn., man who tried to elude authorities at a Niles motel last fall has pleaded guilty to a federal charge in the case.

Montrell Holmes, 25, on Friday appeared before U.S. Judge Pamela A. Barker of Northern Ohio District Court. Holmes changed his plea to guilty to a charge of assaulting, resisting or impeding an officer.

Barker is scheduled to sentence Holmes at 8 a.m. on June 3, 2022, after he completes a background investigation conducted by probation officers. The plea deal Holmes made with prosecutors offset a trial that was scheduled to start Monday in federal court.

Holmes remains in federal custody, housed in the Mahoning County jail, where he has been since Oct. 26. The day before, 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 at the time was wanted on a warrant from Boardman police in connection with a stolen vehicle ramming a police cruiser in Poland village.

Task force members surrounded Room 203 of the Niles motel 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 stun weapon to subdue Holmes, eventually putting him in leg restraints and handcuffs. Holmes was taken to Trumbull Regional Medical Center to be treated. Afterward, Holmes was taken into custody by Boardman police.

In the Boardman police case involving the Poland police cruiser, Mahoning County court records show Holmes was indicted by a grand jury on Dec. 2 on charges of robbery, two counts failure to comply with order or signal of police officer, receiving stolen property, grant theft, obstructing official business, resisting arrest and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. In that case, Holmes is scheduled to appear Feb. 17 for a pretrial hearing before Common Pleas Judge Maureen Sweeney.

gvogrin@tribtoday.com

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