Kent brothers arrested after fight

(Original publication: August 2, 2003)

Three brothers who police said fought with each other, then with officers, have apparently learned that Justice is a four-legged word.

The three — Rocco Montana, 18, Michael Montana, 20, and John Montana, 18 — are due in Town Court later this month to answer a host of charges, police said. They live on Clarkson Court in the Lake Carmel section of town.

Police said the brothers were scrapping with each other and then with police but backed down when Officer Thomas Carroll showed up with his canine partner, Justice, a 3-year-old German shepherd. Although Justice grabbed onto Rocco Montana's shirt sleeve to pull him away from an officer, the dog didn't bite anyone during the incident Sunday night, police said.

The incident began around 11:30 p.m. when off-duty Putnam County Sheriff's Sgt. Barbara Chamber was driving on Route 52 toward Route 311. Chamber saw two cars parked in the travel portion of the road and two men, later identified as Rocco and Michael Montana, having a fistfight in the middle of the street, police said.

Chamber notified Kent police, and Officers Sean Benson and Joe Fleishman responded. When the officers attempted to intervene, Rocco Montana backed off, but Michael Montana continued to fight with his brother, police said.

The officers were attempting to arrest Michael Montana when the third brother, John, pulled up in his car and charged at Benson and Fleishman, police said. Carroll and Justice soon arrived. When the three brothers continued to ignore orders from police, Carroll put Justice to work, police said.

After Justice grabbed Rocco Montana by the shirt, he calmed down and was promptly arrested. Justice then turned his attention to Michael and John Montana, both of whom immediately complied with police and were placed under arrest.

Police said Michael Montana kicked out the rear window of a police cruiser and briefly escaped from the back seat but was caught immediately. The window cost $376 to replace.

Police charged Michael Montana with third-degree criminal mischief and second-degree escape, both felonies, as well as unlawful possession of fireworks, second-degree harassment, obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest, all misdemeanors, and disorderly conduct, a violation. He was being held yesterday at the Putnam County jail in lieu of $100,000 bond and is due in Town Court on Monday.

Police charged John Montana with obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. He also is due in court Monday. Rocco Montana is due in court Aug. 13 to answer charges of obstructing governmental administration and disorderly conduct.

Rocco and Michael Montana, who were injured while fighting with each other, declined medical treatment. Officers Benson and Fleishman also were injured in the fracas but declined medical treatment as well, police said.


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