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Trial set for man accused of striking octogenarian in robbery

Superior Telegram

A trial has been set for a Duluth man accused of punching an 84-year-old woman in the face and robbing her.

Jeffery Scott Montana, 47, faces felony charges of robbery with use of force, aggravated battery, attempting to flee or elude a traffic officer, operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent and two counts of burglary.

A trial was set for Feb. 13 during a hearing Monday in Douglas County Circuit Court.

According to the criminal complaint:

Montana is accused of entering the Phoenix Villa building in Superior around 6:30 a.m. Aug. 11, knocking on the octogenarian’s door and then punching her in the face when she answered, stealing her money and rifling through her wallet before fleeing.

The following day, a tip from a passerby helped Superior police capture Montana when someone noticed a car that matched the description of the suspect vehicle. Montana fled at high speed, smashing into two vehicles and the TLK Industries building. The vehicle was later determined to have been stolen in Duluth and evidence linked Montana to two burglaries that had taken place the day before the robbery in Superior.

Montana remains in custody at the Douglas County Jail on $100,000 cash bail.

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