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West Yellowstone man arrested as ATF investigation continues

Posted at 2:54 PM, Apr 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-01 14:58:49-04

WEST YELLOWSTONE – Details remain scant, but the road closed in West Yellowstone on Thursday night during a federal investigation has been reopened, and what’s being called a felony stalking complaint remains under investigation.

According to a press release, teams from multiple agencies that responded to help with a federal investigation in West Yellowstone were released Friday after a suspect was arrested.

This week, the West Yellowstone Police Department investigated a felony stalking complaint.

Charles Gibson Bailey, 32, of West Yellowstone, had an initial appearance on Friday in Missoula before U.S. Magistrate Jeremiah C. Lynch on a criminal complaint.

Bailey was charged with possession of a firearm by a person who is subject to a court order that restrains such person from harassing, stalking or threatening an intimate partner of such person. If convicted of the most serious crime, Bailey faces a maximum 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.

When Bailey was taken into custody, officers suspected violations under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) were present. The ATF was called in and additional steps had to be taken with suspected hazardous materials in a local residence.

Numerous other agencies were called in to assist ATF, West Yellowstone PD and Hebgen Basin Fire District as part of the investigation on the 500 block of Firehole Avenue in West Yellowstone on Thursday, March 28 and Friday, March 29.

During the course of the investigation, Firehole Avenue was closed between Geyser Street and Hayden Street to facilitate parking for the agencies’ vehicles. The street was reopened to the public on Friday morning. There continues to be no threat to public safety at this time.

Agencies that assisted as part of the investigation included the Bozeman Fire Regional Hazmat Team, the Lewis and Clark County Bomb Squad, the 83rd Civil Support Team, Gallatin County Emergency Management, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, Yellowstone National Park rangers and U.S. Forest Service law enforcement.

The incident remains under investigation by the ATF.