Bail set at $100,000 cash for robbery suspectA man accused of punching an 84-year-old woman in the face and robbing her Sunday morning is being held in the Douglas County Jail on $100,000 cash bail following a hearing in Douglas County Circuit Court on Tuesday.
A man accused of punching an 84-year-old woman in the face and robbing her Sunday morning is being held in the Douglas County Jail on $100,000 cash bail following a hearing in Douglas County Circuit Court on Tuesday.
No charges have been filed against Jeffrey Scott Montana, 47, whose last known address was at Bethel House in Duluth. Douglas County District Attorney Dan Blank said he is considering about eight felony charges including robbery, aggravated battery and fleeing an officer.
At a bail hearing Tuesday, Court Commissioner Rebecca Lovejoy set the hefty cash bail, which was requested by Blank based on the alleged crimes, Montana’s criminal history and his lack of ties to the area.
Chief Public Defender J. Patrick O’Neill, who represented Montana, said bail was really a moot point since there is a probation hold on him from the state of Minnesota. An initial hearing was scheduled for Thursday afternoon.
Blank told the court that Montana is a career property criminal who has been in and out of prison since 1988. According to the district attorney, most of his convictions are in St. Louis County.
“It appears he doesn’t make it very long on parole without new offenses,” Blank said, indicating that Montana has been convicted of 15 to 20 residential burglaries.
Montana is accused of knocking on the octogenarian’s door on Clough Avenue at about 6:30 a.m. Sunday, then punching her in the face when she answered, stealing her money and jewelry before fleeing.
“He popped her right in the chin,” Blank said after Tuesday’s hearing. Although she was bruised, nothing was broken. The fact that the case involves the manhandling of a senior aggravates things.
“I don’t like 84-year-old people getting hit,” Blank said. “I don’t like anyone getting hit and this poor lady answers the door … in the morning and that’s what happens.”
A tip from a passerby helped Superior police capture Montana, according to a news release issued by Deputy Chief Nicholas Alexander. When officers arrived on the scene to check on the vehicle and driver, it was driving away. The vehicle began to accelerate quickly when approached by a marked police car.
A short pursuit followed and Montana’s vehicle struck two parked cars before colliding with the TLK Industries building at 902 Ogden Ave. The vehicle was later determined to have been stolen out of Duluth.
In addition to the strong arm robbery, Blank said Montana is a suspect in two other residential burglaries in Superior over the weekend.
“It’s a big mess,” he said. “It’s going to be bigger as we find out more, I’m sure.”