SANTA ANA ( — A man charged with trying to sexually assault his neighbor and attack a woman as she jogged is in custody, and authorities say he may have other victims.

Mario Orlando Montano, 55, of Anaheim, 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, and sentencing enhancements for great bodily injury to a sexual assault victim and causing great bodily injury, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s office.

Prosecutors say Montano knocked on the door of a 42-year-old neighbor on Dec. 9 and was let in by a child before talking with his neighbor and then asking her for sex. When the neighbor, identified as Jane Doe #1, declined, Montano allegedly cornered her in a room, repeatedly told her he wanted sex, tried to put his arm around her and unzipped his pants. The neighbor said she would report Montano to his landlord and he fled the scene, prosecutors said.

The next day, Montano allegedly attacked a 24-year-old woman who was jogging on a trail in a reservoir in Anaheim Hills. After trying to talk to her, prosecutors said Montano tackled the woman, knocked her to the ground and climbed on top of her. When the woman began to scream, Montano allegedly covered her mouth and unzipped his pants. Prosecutors say the woman was able to kick and escape, knocking out a tooth in the struggle.

Montano is being held on $200,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned Monday. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 12 years in state prison and lifetime sex offender registration.

Anyone with information about Montano can call Supervising District Attorney Investiator Paul Carvo at (714) 347-8794 or Orange County Crime Stoppers at (855) 817-6227.


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