UPDATE: July 11, 2014
One day after an Idaho man was charged with an attack on a Montana woman, law enforcement say they have reason to believe that the same suspect was responsible for "a violent series of attacks downtown and on the Kim Williams Trail," near downtown Missoula, Mont.
This morning's Missoulian reports that 26-year-old William Sandel is accused of trying to strangle a Missoula woman near that city's Higgins Avenue Bridge July 8. That incident came a few days after a July 5 attack on a woman as she jogged on the Kim Williams Trail.
Additionally, a Montana prosecutor said Sandel had a 2008 felony conviction and has "an extensive criminal history" in multiple states.
Sandel is being held on $100,000 bail and has been charged with aggravated assault and attempted sexual assault for the July 8 attack. He also faces an additional sexual assault charge for the July 5 incident.
ORIGINAL POST: July 10, 2014
An Idaho man is behind bars in Montana, charged with assaulting a woman in downtown Missoula.
This morning's Missoulian reports that the incident occurred in the late evening hours of July 8 on North Higgins Avenue. That's where a woman said she was pulled to the ground by the suspect in an apparent random attack. Eyewitnesses said they intervened on her behalf and the suspect took off on foot. When police arrived on the scene, the suspect was quickly pointed out by the witnesses.
William Sandel, 28. who has had recent addresses in both Idaho and Montana, is being held on $50,000 bail on a charge of aggravated assault and is expected to be arraigned today.