Man arrested on federal charges related to setting police vehicle on fire near PPG Paints Arena

Man arrested on federal charges related to setting police vehicle on fire near PPG Paints Arena
He is suspected of vandalizing two police vehicles, throwing objects at police officers and looting businesses during the May 30 protest downtown. (Pittsburgh Bureau of Police/Pittsburgh Bureau of Police)

PITTSBURGH — A man was arrested Tuesday and faces federal charges in connection to rioting that broke out following a peaceful protest in Pittsburgh on May 30.

According to United States Attorney Scott Brady, Devin Montgomery, 24, was arrested and charged with malicious destruction of property using fire or explosives. Investigators said he set an unmarked police vehicle on fire near PPG Paints Arena during the rioting.

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Police posted several pictures of Montgomery from that day on social media, showing the Antonio Brown jersey he was wearing and various other identifying characteristics. ATF Special Agents identified a home where Montgomery’s girlfriend lived and conducted surveillance there. They saw a man fitting Montgomery’s description and took him into custody.

Montgomery faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison, a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.

Violence broke out throughout Downtown Pittsburgh on May 30 after thousands of people gathered to protest police reform in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minnesota.

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