Downtown Missoula attempted kidnapping, sex assault suspect pleads not guilty

Zoe Buchli

A former University of Montana student accused of attempted sexual assault and kidnapping pleaded not guilty to all charges on Thursday.

Cole L. Levine, 23, is charged with three felonies: attempted kidnapping, attempted sexual intercourse without consent and aggravated assault causing reasonable apprehension. He is also facing one misdemeanor charge: criminal destruction of or tampering with a communication device.

Levine is currently in custody at the Missoula jail on a $200,000 bail. Missoula County District Judge Shane Vannatta presided.

Charging documents filed into Missoula County last Friday allege Levine attacked a woman in a downtown Missoula alley on Aug. 18. Witnesses said they heard a woman scream “please help me.” They yelled at the suspect, who reportedly ran from the scene.

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Police contacted the survivor, who was interviewed on Aug. 25. The woman told investigators she was downtown on Aug. 17. She left one bar to head to the next when she encountered two men, one of which was Levine, at the 300 block of Ryman Street.

Levine started abruptly engaging with her verbally and then forced himself on her, she told detectives.

As she tried to

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