Authorities on Monday were asking for the public’s help in identifying additional potential victims of an Anaheim man charged with attempting to sexually assault his neighbor and a jogger.
Mario Orlando Montano, 55, was charged with one felony count each of attempted forcible rape, assault with the intent to commit a sexual offense, and assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury, according to a statement issued by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
Montano was being held on $200,000 bail and was scheduled to be arraigned on Monday, officials said.
On Dec. 9, Montano, who runs a computer-repair business, knocked on his 42-year-old neighbor’s door and asked if anybody needed help with computer repairs, according to investigators. After being let into the home by a child, the suspect talked with the neighbor before cornering her in a room and repeatedly asking her for sex, officials said.
The woman declined, and Montano allegedly unzipped his pants with the intent to commit a sexual assault, according to the D.A.’s statement. The woman said she would report Montano to his landlord, which is when the suspect fled the scene, officials said.
The next day, Montano allegedly tackled a 24-year-old woman who was jogging on a trail in an Anaheim Hills reservoir after trying to engage her in conversation, Deputy District Attorney Jess Rodriguez said. The woman was knocked to the ground. Montano was accused of climbing on top of her, and as she screamed, he covered her mouth, according to the D.A.’s office. The woman had a tooth knocked out during the struggle, Rodriguez said.
Montano allegedly unzipped his pants with the intent to commit a sexual assault and then bit the woman’s leg, but she was able to kick and escape, Rodriguez said. The woman ran to a nearby home and called 911, officials said.
Anaheim police responded to the scene and arrested the suspect on the trail, authorities said.
If convicted, Montano faces a maximum sentence of 12 years in state prison, and he will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, according to the D.A.’s Office.
People who believe they may have been victims were asked to contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Paul Carvo at (714) 347-8794 or Orange County Crime Stoppers at (855) 817-6227.