Man arrested on suspicion of attempted sexual assault, kidnapping in downtown Missoula

A Missoula man is in custody after police arrested him on suspicion of attacking and attempting to sexually assault and kidnap a woman in downtown Missoula in August.

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.

On Aug. 18, Missoula police got a call just after 2 a.m. reporting a woman was assaulted near West Broadway Street and Higgins Avenue. The caller said the suspect ran on foot, according to charging documents filed in Missoula County on Friday.

Police spoke with two witnesses. They recalled walking north on Ryman Street when they heard a woman’s voice scream out “please help me,” charging documents state. They described seeing a man attacking a woman in an alley. 

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One of the witnesses yelled at the suspect, who pushed the woman to the ground, took the survivor’s phone and started to run, charging documents allege. The witness said Levine was fast but they were able to get a physical description of him.

Levine dropped his

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