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Cole charged with obstructing justice after a fugitive was found in her home

Gallagher's listed address matched Cole's home address.
Posted at 2:21 PM, Nov 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-01 16:22:51-04

Lisa Lajune Cole has been charged in Great Falls with obstructing justice, a felony, after she allegedly was caught hiding a fugitive in her residence.

Court documents state that police officers and U.S. Marshals went to her home on 6th Avenue North on Tuesday looking for Arvin Gallagher, Jr., a fugitive wanted for felony probation revocation. Gallagher's listed address matched Cole's home address.

Officers knocked and announced their presence numerous times for about 20 minutes, according to court documents, and called for Gallagher to come outside. Eventually officers used a ram to breach the door, and then told the occupants to come out of the bathroom with their hands in the air.

Eventually Cole came out of the bathroom with a child, and she began yelling at the officers, who asked her where Gallagher was hiding. The court documents say that Cole was "adamant" that Gallagher was not in the house. An officer advised Cole of the dangers of harboring a fugitive, at which point Cole reportedly began to cry and continue to deny that Gallagher was there.

An officer and a U.S. Marshal then found Gallagher inside the bathroom and arrested him. The court documents note that the bathroom is small, and it would have been impossible for Cole to not know that Gallagher was in there.

Bond for Cole was set at $5,000.

Gallagher has felony convictions in Cascade County for burglary and tampering with evidence, according to the Montana Department of Corrections. He was wanted in this case after reportedly violating the terms of a suspended sentence on the tampering with evidence conviction.