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Conn. man charged in Niles incident

YOUNGSTOWN — A New Haven, Conn., man who tried to elude authorities at a Niles motel last month now faces federal charges.

Montrell Holmes, 25, was indicted Nov. 10 by a federal grand jury on a charge of assaulting, resisting or impeding an officer. He pleaded not guilty Thursday during video arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Amanda M. Knapp of the Northern Ohio District Court.

Holmes remains in federal custody, and no other court dates have been set in his case.

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 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 Taser 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 and taken to the Mahoning County jail.

In the Boardman police case involving the Poland police cruiser, Mahoning County court records show Holmes had been bound over to a grand jury that is considering charges of obstruction of justice, fleeing and eluding, theft and receiving stolen property.

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