Orange County District Attorney Press Release
For Immediate Release, Case # 13NF4475: December 23, 2013
SANTA ANA – Law enforcement is seeking the public’s help identifying potential additional victims of a man charged with attempting to sexually assault his neighbor and attacking a woman on a jogging trail. Mario Orlando Montano, 55, Anaheim, is 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. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 12 years in state prison and lifetime sex offender registration. Montano is being held on $200,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned today, Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana. The time is to be determined.
On the afternoon of Dec. 9, 2013, Montano is accused of knocking on the door of his neighbor, 42-year-old Jane Doe #1, and was let into the home by a child. The defendant is accused of briefly chatting with the victim before asking her for sex. When Jane Doe #1 declined, Montano is accused of advancing on her and cornering her in a room. He is accused of repeatedly telling her that he wanted sex and trying to put his arm around her. The defendant is accused of unzipping his pants with the intent to commit a sexual assault. The victim feared that she was about to be sexually assaulted, said that she would report Montano to his landlord, and Montano is accused of then fleeing the scene.
On the afternoon on Dec. 10, 2013, 24-year-old Jane Doe #2 was jogging on a trail in a reservoir in Anaheim Hills. When she slowed to a walk, Montano is accused of jogging up to her and trying to engage her in conversation. Jane Doe #2 did not know the defendant. Montano is accused of tackling Jane Doe #2 and knocking her to the ground. He is accused of climbing on top of her as she kicked and struggled to get away. When the victim began to scream, Montano is accused of covering her mouth. The victim’s tooth was knocked out in the struggle. He is accused of unzipping his pants with the intent to commit a sexual assault, but Jane Doe #2 was able to kick and escape.
Jane Doe #2 ran to a nearby home and called 911. The Anaheim Police Department (APD) immediately responded and located the defendant on the trail.
This case was investigated by APD. Anyone who believes they have been a victim is encouraged to contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Paul Carvo at (714) 347-8794 or Orange County Crime Stoppers at (855) 817-6227.
If convicted, Montano’s lifetime sex offender registration will bar him from entering County recreational areas and City parks which have passed the Sex Offender Ordinance. Visit www.orangecountyda.com to read the prior press releases on the County’s Sex Offender Ordinance and the 14 other cities that have enacted the Child Safety Zone Ordinance.
Deputy District Attorney Jess Rodriguez of the Sexual Assault Unit is prosecuting this case.
Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney 401 Civic Center Drive West Santa Ana, CA 92701