PPB: Manslaughter suspect not a ‘Tracksuit Bandit’

Crime

'PPB regrets any confusion about this matter'

Antonio Trayvontae Montgomery is suspected in a hit-and-run crash in Southeast Portland that involved at least 4 cars and left one person dead, July 9, 2019 (Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office/KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Antonio Montgomery, the 20-year-old facing manslaughter charges in the hit-and-run deaths of 2 sisters in Southeast Portland, was not a member of the so-called ‘Tracksuit Bandits,’ the Portland Police Bureau clarified Friday.

In a release sent at 5:06 p.m. July 19, police officials said:

“PPB would like to correct the record on Antonio Montgomery’s history. In January of 2018, there was a series of robberies attributed to a team of suspects dubbed the “Track Suit Bandits.” Initial press releases sent in January of 2018, indicated Antonio Montgomery was connected with these robberies. Additional investigation after this information release determined Antonio Montgomery was not a member of the Track Suit Bandit group. The three suspects involved in that case pled guilty and were sentenced. Refer to the District Attorney’s office for further inquiries about those sentences. The information about this needed correction was brought to the PIO’s attention this afternoon. PPB regrets any confusion about this matter and seeks to correct the record.”

The initial reports

On January 24, 2018, three teenagers and one 20-year-old, a group police are calling the “Tracksuit Bandits,” were connected to 8 armed robberies across Portland, Milwaukie and Gresham.

Police said at that time they believed Lamarr Juan Luster, Kobe Branden Cordray, Antonio Trayvontae Montgomery and a 17-year-old — who KOIN 6 News didn’t name at the time because he was a minor — are responsible for armed robberies stemming from Dec. 9, 2017 through Jan. 21,2018. 

The investigation into the group began after 2 separate arrests in January. 

The so-called “Tracksuit Bandits” during one of their armed robberies in 2018 (Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office)

Montgomery was arrested on Jan. 12, 2018 during a traffic stop near SE 102nd Avenue and Pine Street. During the arrest, Montgomery was found with 2 firearms and was charged at that time with 2 counts each of unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a loaded firearm in the city of Portland, and carrying concealed.

Then the three young men — Cordray, Luster and Angelo Luster — responsible for 9 armed robberies in Multnomah and Clackamas counties admitted their guilt in December 2018 and received sentences ranging from 8 years to 16 years.

Montgomery charged with manslaughter

Around 3 p.m. on July 9, Antonio Trayvontae Montgomery was driving a BMW when he sped through the intersection of SE 148th and Powell, officers said. He crashed into cars, including one that included Charlene Hauth and Robin Macready.

Family and friends held a vigil to remember 2 sisters killed in a hit-and-run crash, July 11, 2019. (KOIN)

Hauth, 60, died at the scene. Her 59-year-old sister died the next day.

Court documents allege Montgomery was involved in a separate hit-and-run crash earlier in the day near the intersection of SE 171st and Powell. The other driver involved in the crash told officers she followed the suspect’s car to try and get its license plate information.

A search of previous information about Montgomery brought up the Tracksuit Bandit connection — which led PPB to issue their clarifying statement late Friday.

Montgomery was charged July 10 with 2 counts of 1st-degree manslaughter, 2 counts of failure to perform the duties of a driver and one count of 3rd-degree assault.

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