MEMPHIS, Tenn. – A man accused of killing two post office workers during a holdup 18 months ago that yielded just $63, on Thursday was charged in a new indictment with robbing two Nashville institutions, including Southeast Financial CU, in the weeks following the double slayings.
The new charges allege Chastain Montgomery, Sr., and his son Chastain Montgomery Jr., stole a pick-up on Oct. 26, 2010, from Smyrna, Tenn., and used it as their getaway car in an Oct. 29 armed robbery at the credit union. The father and son allegedly then stole a mini-van the following month for a heist at Mid-South Bank.
Prosecutors say the two robberies came in the weeks after Montgomery Sr., a former corrections officer, and his teenage son killed two Henning post office workers in an October 2010 robbery that netted them just $63. Police later killed 18-year-old Montgomery Jr. in a shootout in Mason in February 2011 after officers stopped him driving a stolen truck. The teenager allegedly got out of a stolen pickup armed with two handguns and fired at officers several times before a deputy shot him dead.
The father was arrested when he ran through crime scene tape, ignoring the shouted warnings of officers and headed straight for the truck, which was still running. In the father’s vehicle police found the .40 caliber pistol used in the post office shootings, plus three 12-gauge shotguns, two more handguns, ammunition, ski masks and latex gloves, according to the indictment.
Prosecutors allege Montgomery Sr. and his son robbed Southeast Financial in Lavergne at gunpoint, 11 days after the killings in Henning.
The elder Montgomery, 48, has pleaded not guilty to the original charges, which include robbery with a dangerous weapon, using a firearm in a crime of violence, and two counts of unlawfully causing the death of a person. A hearing on the new bank robbery charges is scheduled for June 20.