Cambria men face weapons charges

Bier, Montague accused of making pipe bombs

After a box of explosives was left in a woman’s car, two Cambria County men have been charged with possessing weapons of mass destruction and related offenses.

Raymond A. Bier, 18, of 729 Grant St., Portage, and Dylon L. Montague, 20, of 2406 Buckhorn Road, Summerhill, are accused of making two pipe bombs, according to a criminal complaint filed Thursday by Summerhill Township police.

Officers were called Wednesday to a home on the 1000 block of Jefferson Avenue, when a caller to the county 911 center reported a suspicious package, according to the complaint.

When authorities arrived, they found a box containing two pipe bombs, numerous shotgun shells and two pill containers filled with gunpowder, police said.

A woman alerted the caller to the box, explaining that Bier and Montague constructed the bombs, police said.

The woman told police that she had given Montague a ride earlier in the day, and he left the box inside of her vehicle, according to the complaint.

An officer drove the box to Montague’s home along Buckhorn Road, according to the complaint, which explains why a bomb squad from Greensburg was called to the home.

Both Bier and Montague were then arrested.

According to the complaint, the men told police that they built the bombs in Portage.

Bier cut his finger while making the bombs and sought medical attention, so Montague called the woman to get a ride from the home, police said, recounting the men’s stories.

Montague told police the woman drove him only one block before he exited the vehicle, but he left the pipe bombs inside, according to the complaint.

“(The woman) then left with the pipe bombs in the vehicle,” police wrote in the complaint, explaining she drove them to the Jefferson Avenue location.

Online court documents show Montague faces two felony charges of possessing a weapon of mass destruction, as well as one felony charge each of causing catastrophe and conspiracy. He also faces two misdemeanor charges of making repairs to offensive weapons.

Bier faces two felony charges of possessing a weapon of mass destruction, as well as one felony charge each of causing catastrophe and conspiracy, according to a separate set of online documents.

The men were arraigned early Thursday before Magisterial District Judge Mary Ann Zanghi.

As of Thursday afternoon, both men remained in Cambria County Prison unable to post 10 percent of $85,000 bail.

They are to appear for preliminary hearings at 1 p.m. Feb. 8 before Magisterial District Judge Rick Varner.

Mirror Staff Writer Sean Sauro is at 946-7535.