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Grand jury indicts man accused of stalking women in Lake Dallas

Montarius Allen Banks was indicted last week in connection with burglaries and an attempted sexual assault in Lake Dallas in August and September.  

Montarius BanksDenton City Jail records
Montarius Banks
Denton City Jail records

Banks, 22, who was arrested Oct. 6, is still in Denton County Jail on charges of indecent exposure, burglary of a habitation and burglary of a habitation with intent to commit a sexual assault. A Denton County grand jury indicted him Thursday on the latter two charges. 

The burglary of a habitation charge stems from an incident on Aug. 25, while the other charge of burglary with intent to commit a sexual offense comes from a Sept. 29 incident. Lt. Vikki Chandler, a spokeswoman for the Lake Dallas Police Department, did not release the man's arrest affidavit in support of those two charges. She said the document needs to be reviewed by the records department or city attorneys. 

Victims and witnesses accused Banks of stealing cash, exposing himself in public, stealing a woman's underwear and attempting to sexually assault a woman in her apartment, all between mid-February and late September, according to Chandler from earlier reports. 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 was known to ask the victims for a cigarette and introduce himself under a false name before burglarizing their homes, Chandler said. 

Banks was charged with indecent exposure in connection with a Sept. 27 incident at Ashleye Village, but that charge was not included in the indictment. 

That day, Chandler said the suspect had reached under a woman's nightgown in her apartment and attempted to digitally penetrate her over her underwear. Chandler said the suspect exposed himself before the woman left with her kids. 

Banks 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.

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