The uncle of the New Hampshire man arrested in connection with the disappearance of his daughter Harmony Montgomery said he had tried to report incidents of child abuse to authorities for years, but they had failed never acted.
Uncle Kevin Montgomery told Fox News Digital on Monday that authorities did not act until December 2021, when Crystal Sorey, the mother of the missing girl, urged police to open an investigation into the missing person. .
Adam Montgomery, the father of the missing girl, is currently being held without bail on child abuse and other charges related to her disappearance and for allegedly inflicting a black eye on her in July 2019.
The young girl’s disappearance is not her 31-year-old father’s first encounter with the law.
Recently obtained records show that in 2014 he was charged with shooting a man in the face while attempting to steal him for three grams of heroin in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Fox News obtained records from the Haverhill Police Department following a request for public records. The scene was chaotic and the alleged victim pulled the gun off and retaliated against him, police documents said.
Montgomery then pleaded guilty to less serious charges and was sentenced to 18 months, according to the Essex County District Attorney’s Office.
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Harmony was four months old at the time.
Now seven years old, she has not been seen for nearly two years, according to Manchester, New Hampshire police. They launched a full-scale search and rescue effort after her non-custodial birth mother, Sorey, came to them for answers in mid-November.
The 2014 shoot may offer a glimpse into Montgomery’s rocky past.
The shooting took place on January 24, outside the victim’s apartment, according to a request for a criminal complaint. Montgomery was there to buy three grams of heroin, but instead “pointed a gun at the victim’s head to steal the heroin,” according to the document.
“The victim pushed the weapon back and the accused fired the weapon and shot the victim in the face,” the case continues. The other person, whose identity is withheld by Fox News, survived the shooting.
A surveillance camera captured audio and video of the shooting, which allegedly involved several people, including Harmony’s mother and her uncle, Jason Sorey. The video showed a white Volvo arriving in the area around 6:08 p.m. local time, according to a preliminary police report.
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Less than two minutes later, “a slight ‘pop’ is heard” out of view of the camera. Then a man can be heard shouting, “Jay, help Jay! Says the report. Several voices can be heard in the video, according to the report, including one that says, “He shot me in the face” and another that says, “Fuck you here, the cops are coming.”
A second shot is then heard.
Two men appear in the camera’s field of view at around 6:12 p.m. One of the men, who would fit the description of the victim, can be heard saying: f —– shot me in the face. ”
He can then be seen “kicking and punching a man on the ground,” who was later identified as Montgomery, the report continued. A third man comes into the camera’s view, and the couple continue to punch Montgomery, kicking and punching him, before running away.
The brawl involved at least four men, including the victim, Montgomery and two others, according to documents. After the initial shooting, the alleged victim and a friend led Montgomery to the ground and pulled his shirt over his head, revealing a “BOSTON” tattoo on his back, before disarming him and picking up the gun.
Once the dust clears, another man appears to be walking Montgomery towards the Volvo. Montgomery fell twice before reaching the vehicle and “appeared to be seriously injured,” the report said. The Volvo then leaves the area.
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The report describes how responding officers found a gun located “about 20 feet to the right of the entrance” of the victim’s home. Two shots had been fired.
Police said they received multiple clues identifying a person named “Ace” – who was later revealed to be Montgomery – as the man who shot the victim in the face. Another informant revealed that Montgomery was shot in the arm during the scuffle, but refused to go to the hospital, and that he was with his then-girlfriend, Sorey, according to the preliminary report.
Police found Sorey on January 25, 2014, “hiding in an abandoned shed in the back” of a house in Methuen, Massachusetts, an unheated space amid plummeting temperatures.
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Police arrested Montgomery three days later, on January 28, at his grandmother’s home in Manchester. They arrested him for an unrelated probation violation before laying additional charges.
Montgomery first told police he went to the area on the day of the shooting to “buy drugs,” and said he did not know the dealer, according to a police report from Haverhill. He reportedly said he visited Haverhill’s home and planned to spend “280 on heroin”.
He said there were four or five people in the hallway when he arrived and the group tried to steal his money. He added that he did not remember everything that had happened, but remembered “being beaten and kicked”, the report said.
He wouldn’t have realized he had been shot until “several hours” later.
But the alleged victim recalled the events differently.
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“He said Montgomery tried to steal him,” the report said. “He said he gave Montgomery 3 grams of heroin… Montgomery tried to take the drugs from him and pulled out a gun… he got into a fight with Montgomery in the hallway, and the gun exploded. .
The alleged victim added: “I went to get it and it exploded.” He then allegedly retrieved Montgomery’s gun and shot him.
At the end of February 2019, Montgomery was granted sole custody of Harmony. She was 5 years old at the time.
Police publicly declared her missing two weeks ago – but said during their investigation that she had been missing since Thanksgiving Day in 2019.
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Police have spent the last two weekends searching a house in Manchester where Harmony once lived with her father, stepmother and three half-siblings, but they packed their bags on Monday afternoon without announcing any conclusion.
Harmony is approximately four feet and 50 pounds. She has blonde hair and blue eyes and should wear glasses. She is also blind in her right eye.
Manchester Police have set up a dedicated line, run 24 hours a day by detectives, at 603-203-6060. Anyone with information is asked to call.