3rd pot-theft suspect arraigned | TheUnion.com

3rd pot-theft suspect arraigned

A third man accused of trying to steal medical marijuana on San Juan Ridge last fall, before allegedly leaving in a spray of gunfire, was arraigned Thursday in Nevada County Superior Court.

Michael T. Montes, 28, of North Highlands had his plea entry set for Feb. 28 after Nevada City attorney Glenn Kottcamp was appointed to defend him. He’s being held at Wayne Brown Correctional Facility on $1 million bail.

Montes, whose complaint mentions several aliases, including “Crazy,” is charged with attempted murder, attempted robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, assault with a firearm and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

He was transferred to Nevada County Wednesday night from Deuel Vocational Institute, a prison in Tracy, but it wasn’t immediately clear why he was at the facility.

Two other defendants, 23-year-olds Barnabus O. Gray and Michael A. Brewer, both of Nevada County, have already been charged in the case. Assistant District Attorney Ron Wolfson declined to say if others could be charged.

The three are accused of driving to a Lake City Road house Oct. 3 in a stolen vehicle and trying to shoot open a locked greenhouse containing marijuana.

Shots were fired at residents who responded and the residents’ vehicles, according to the Sheriff’s Office, and one witness reported hearing bullets hit brush above him as he ducked.

Gray was arrested Dec. 4 in Sacramento County, and Brewer was arrested last month in Michigan. Gray’s bail is $1.5 million; Brewer’s is $500,000.

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