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Great Falls police arrest "armed and dangerous" fugitive

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UPDATE: James Joseph Sangrey has been arrested. According to the Great Falls Police Department, Sangrey was seen in the passenger seat of a vehicle around 7 pm on Wednesday, Sept. 26.

Police officers, with the help of a Fugitive Recovery Agent, and after a short foot chase, were able to take him into custody. The driver of the car was also taken into custody. 

UPDATE: The Great Falls Police Department is asking anyone with information on James Sangrey Jr. to call 911.

Sangrey is wanted on $600,000 in warrants for failing to abide, violation of bail conditions and bail jumping.

Police believe he is armed and dangerous and should not be approached.

He is described as a Native American male with a medium build, 5'9" in size and 165 lbs. Sangrey has brown eyes and black hair.

If you see him you are asked to call 911, or the US Marshal at 406-453-7597.

You can also report anonymously at

UPDATE: According to court documents, James Sangrey Jr is facing one count of obstructing a peace officer or other servant. A second person has been charged in the police stand-off that happened yesterday. Court documents said Cheyenne Marie Hartman is facing one count of obstructing justice. The affidavit states that Hartman knew that Sangrey had a warrant out for his arrest and was aware he led law enforcement on several pursuits.

On August 6, 2018, while officers were doing surveillance on a residence they received information that Hartman and Sangrey were hiding at the residence. They observed Sangrey trying to leave in a vehicle but it would not start. He eventually got into another car, where the vehicle was seen in the parking lot of Target. GFPD attempted a traffic stop but it failed and evaded officers.

On August 7, 2018 GFPD located Sangrey hiding in the 1800 block of 11th Ave S to serve a felony warrant for his arrest. GFPD High-Risk Unit set up a perimeter around the resident but Sangrey attempted to run out the back door but ran back in after seeing officers. After a short stand-off, Hartman exited the resident. Officers made contact with Sangrey and ordered him to come out. HRU deployed what they are calling a "Less Lethal Force."

He was then taken into custody and at one point told officers that he was "going to die today." 

Judge Greg Pinski ordered that his current bail of the obstructing a peace officer or other servant run concurrently with the $50,000 dollar bail for bail jumping.

KFBB that James (JJ) Sangrey has been identified as the suspect in the standoff from earlier today. The arrest warrant for Sangrey was issued after he failed to appear at a trial.  Racki also confirmed the loud booming sound heard by our reporter and bystanders were not shots from a gun, but from a less lethal device.

According to court documents in March of 2017, James Sangrey Junior was facing 10 charges after being located by police on 5th Street Southwest, after reports of his white Toyota truck hitting a vehicle, driving on sidewalks, and then hitting a light pole.

When police made contact with Sangrey, he immediately admitted to drinking too much before driving. Police also found an empty beer can and an empty beer bottle in his truck. 

After taking a breathalyzer test, police found Sangrey had a blood alcohol level of 0.265%, which is three times the legal limit. Methamphetamine was also found on Sangrey. 

According to the Montana Department of Corrections, Sangrey has prior convictions for Criminal Possession of Dangerous Drugs and Criminal Endangerment.

Around 2:30 pm on August 7th, a reporter on the scene with a large police presence on 11th Avenue S. and 18th Street in Great Falls overheard what sounded like two gunshots. It has yet to be confirmed with the Great Falls Police Department that shots were actually fired but they did confirm they executed a high-risk search warrant there. GFPD does have a suspect in custody, but they are releasing little other details. 

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