Officer to be tried on assault charges in Md.
A U.S. Capitol Police officer who allegedly pointed a handgun at two members of a Michigan family who had been mistakenly given the same hotel room is scheduled to go on trial Tuesday in Circuit Court in Upper Marlboro.
Victor E. Bryant, 37, is charged with multiple counts of first- and second-degree assault in connection with the incident, which allegedly occurred on Aug. 14, 2009, at the Hampton Inn in National Harbor.
Bryant's girlfriend at the time, Angela Montgomery, 29, is also scheduled to be tried on two counts of second-degree assault. The two are to be tried together.
Bryant and Montgomery are both represented by Theresa L. Moore, according to online court records. Moore declined to comment Monday.
Bryant and Montgomery are accused of assaulting members of the Day family. On the day of the incident, Bryant said in a previous interview, he and Montgomery checked into a room on the 11th floor of the hotel around 6 p.m.
The couple planned on attending a concert, according to the interview. Because they would be drinking, he and Montgomery decided to get a room and spend the night, rather than drive home. Bryant and Montgomery both have addresses in Charles County.
Bryant said he placed his handgun under a mattress because he did not want to carry his gun in a public area where he would be drinking. He said a posted a "do not disturb" sign on the door before leaving.
While Bryant and Montgomery were out, a hotel employee placed members of the Day family in the room. Raymond Day, who was 50 at the time, said he and his sister, Kim Day-Miller, who was 57 then, and their nephew, then 16, checked into the hotel around 10:30 p.m.
Day-Miller said her nephew noticed some bags in the room, and the front desk was called. A hotel worker removed some of the bags and advised the Day family members to stay in the room, she said.
Bryant and Montgomery returned shortly before midnight, according to court papers.
The Day family members provided a dramatically different account from Bryant as to what occurred next.
Bryant said he calmly identified himself as a federal police officer and said he needed to get into his room. Day-Miller said Bryant and Montgomery were belligerent. She said Montgomery quickly began spewing racial epithets. (Bryant and Montgomery are white, the Days are black.)
Day-Miller said she didn't open the door because she was afraid. Bryant said he summoned a hotel worker.
The hotel workers arrived. Day-Miller said the latch to the door was unhooked, and Bryant bulled his way in and knocked her backward. Bryant said he calmly walked in.
Bryant said he went to the mattress, retrieved his gun, raised it above his head and announced "This is what I needed to get."
According to police charging documents, Bryant pointed the gun at Raymond Day's face and threatened him, using a racial epithet.
The charging papers allege that Bryant pointed his gun at another Day relative and the hotel worker.
Ruben Castaneda and Magda Jean-Louis
| February 14, 2011; 4:35 PM ET
Categories: From the Courthouse, Pr. George's, Ruben Castaneda
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