Three Seattle women individually picked a 33-year-old Bellevue man out of a police photo montage, identifying him as the suspect who attacked them on city streets. Witnesses intervened in each case — and one witness provided key information that led to the man’s Tuesday arrest.
King County prosecutors on Friday charged a 33-year-old Bellevue man with three counts of indecent liberties, accusing him of committing brazen daytime attacks on three different Seattle women.
Bellevue police arrested James Richard Montgomery, who goes by Richard Montgomery, during a traffic stop Tuesday near his Bellevue apartment, charging papers say. Before he was taken to Bellevue police headquarters for questioning, Montgomery asked the arresting officer to grab his black sunglasses out of his vehicle, a new, red Chevy Cruze, according to the charges.
The sunglasses along with a bomber jacket and a couple of pairs of jeans that police later found in Montgomery’s apartment matched the women’s descriptions of clothing worn by their attacker, say the charges.
Montgomery remains jailed in lieu of $500,000 bail, jail and court records show.
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“In a seven-week period, the defendant attacked three separate women, strangers to him, and attempted to sexually assault them by grabbing at their clothes,” Senior Deputy Prosecutor Carla Carlstrom wrote in charging papers.
In each instance, the women screamed, and the attacks were interrupted by witnesses, causing Montgomery to flee:
“The defendant represents an extreme danger to the community by these brazen, predatory, daytime attacks on females out in public. But for the interruption of witnesses, the harm inflicted would have undoubtedly been much greater,” Carlstrom wrote.
Around 8 p.m. March 7, a 23-year-old woman was walking home in Belltown when she noticed a man walking behind her, the charges say. When she got to her…