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Suspected sexual predator in Lake Dallas arrested

Montarius Allen Banks was arrested Friday afternoon in connection with a burglary and attempted sexual assault in Lake Dallas on Sept. 27, according to police.  

Montarius BanksDenton City Jail records
Montarius Banks
Denton City Jail records

Banks, 22, is also the suspect in other sex-related offenses in the city, but police haven't filed other charges, according Lake Dallas police spokeswoman Lt. Vikki Chandler. 

Banks currently faces one charge of burglary of a habitation with intent to commit a sexual assault. Denton police received a tip Friday that he was hanging out with friends in a garage in Denton, and local officers took him into custody. 

Officials said he likely won't be arraigned until Saturday. 

In total, Banks has been accused of stealing cash, exposing himself in public, stealing a woman's dirty underwear and attempting to sexually assault a woman in her apartment, all between Feb. 28 and Sept. 27.  The incidents were concentrated in the Ashleye Village Apartments, 155 W. Overly Drive, and the nearby Lake Haven Estates mobile home park at 201 N. Shady Shores Road, police said.

He's been known to ask the victims for a cigarette and introduce himself under a false name before burglarizing their homes, Chandler said.  

In the Sept. 27 burglary at Ashleye Village, Chandler said the suspect knocked on the door of an apartment. When the female resident answered, one of her two young children ran out.

The suspect then entered her apartment and sat on her couch while she grabbed the child, Chandler said. The victim, who had just woken up, turned around to see the man sitting down.

Chandler said the suspect reached under the woman's nightgown and attempted to digitally penetrate her over her underwear. The woman then grabbed her two children and ran into a nearby bedroom as the suspect followed her, she said. 

Chandler said he exposed himself before the woman left with her kids. The man eventually left the apartment without taking anything, Chandler said.

Police said Banks also is a suspect in a burglary on Feb. 28 at that apartment complex, an indecent exposure in August at Lake Haven Estates and another burglary that month at Lake Haven Estates. 

Banks previously has been arrested several times by Denton police and the Denton County Sheriff's Office between 2013 and 2015, records show. 

Beginning June 24, 2015, he served about four months in Denton County Jail on numerous charges, including theft, indecent exposure, possession of a controlled substance and possession of a prohibited weapon. 

He was released in November 2015. 

JULIAN GILL can be reached at 940-566-6882.