A suspect involved in a West Yellowstone, Mont., federal investigation appeared in court Friday to face felony charges.
Charles Gibson Bailey, 32, faces a charge of possession of a firearm by a person who is subject to a court order that restrains such person from harassing, stalking or threatening a person. If convicted of the most serious crime, Bailey faces a maximum 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Bailey appeared in federal court in Missoula Friday before Magistrate Jeremiah C. Lynch.
According to court documents:
On March 25, a woman’s video surveillance system recorded Bailey spraying an unidentified liquid on the doorknob and deadbolt of her West Yellowstone apartment.
Later that day, while leaving a hardware store, a U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officer saw a revolver on a truck’s dashboard. The officer went back and asked the only customer inside, later identified as Bailey, if he was aware the gun was showing. Bailey confirmed the truck and revolver belonged to him, and that he knew the gun was visible.
Law enforcement subsequently arrested Bailey for violating a protection order. While standing by the truck, a Gallatin County Sheriff’s deputy noticed an AR-15 style semi-automatic rifle in the front passenger seat, a semi-automatic pistol mounted under the steering wheel and a bolt-action rifle in the back seat. Officers then impounded Bailey’s truck.
On Wednesday, an ATF agent and technicians from the Lewis and Clark County bomb squad searched the truck and found six loaded guns: two Smith and Wesson revolvers, a .338-caliber Lapau Magnum bolt-action rifle, a .22-caliber semiautomatic rifle, a .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol and a 5.56X45-caliber semiautomatic rifle. They also found other rounds of various calibers of ammunition.
Bailey said he knew the guns were in his car. He said he thought he could legally have the guns.
Bailey also told law enforcement that his fingerprints were difficult to capture because he recently used acid without gloves.
Because the affidavit was submitted to get an arrest warrant, the ATF agent who filed it wrote not every known fact was included. The officer wrote the affidavit was intended to show that Bailey violated a previous order prohibiting him from having guns.
Officers found hazardous materials inside Bailey’s home, according to a Gallatin County news release.
The Bozeman Fire Regional Hazmat Team, the Lewis and Clark County Bomb Squad, the 83rd Civil Support Team, Gallatin County Emergency Management, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, Yellowstone National Park rangers and U.S. Forest Service assisted in the investigation.
A road that was shut down because of the investigation was reopened Friday.
The incident remains under investigation by the ATF.