Prosecutors on Thursday filed a felony assault charge against a California fugitive accused of attacking his public defender during a Jan. 21 extradition hearing.
With his hands shackled to his waist and surrounded by three detention officers, David Anthony Aguilar Jr. appeared in District Court by video from the county jail on a charge of felony assault with a weapon.
All other inmates had been cleared from the jail’s video arraignment room, where 32-year-old Aguilar had made his first court appearance 9 days ago.
On Jan. 21, Aguilar appeared before Judge David A. Carter in Yellowstone County Justice Court for an extradition hearing on a parole violation out of Kern County, Calif.
During that appearance, Aguilar could be seen on video swinging his handcuffed fists
at his public defender, Erik Moore.
Additional officers rushed to restrain Aguilar, who was shouting, as other inmates scattered.
The judge ordered Aguilar to finish the court appearance and the man waived his right to extradition proceedings, which would speed up his return to California − if not for the assault charge he now faces in Montana.
Deputy Yellowstone County Attorney Ingrid Rosenquist said Thursday that Aguilar used his handcuffs to hit Moore on the side of the head.
Moore was not seriously injured, according to jail staff.
Aguilar consulted briefly with his new public defender, Edward Werner, on Thursday before pleading not guilty to felony assault with a weapon.
Judge Mary Jane Knisely set Aguilar’s bond at $50,000.
Aguilar will face extradition to California after his charge in Yellowstone County is resolved.