Missoula man accused of attempting to sexually assault, threatening to kill woman

Zoe Buchli

Missoula police arrested a man in the early morning hours of Thursday on suspicion of sexually assaulting, strangling and threatening to kill a woman.

Shane Allen Hobbs, 50, is charged with four felonies: tampering with a witness, assault with a weapon, intimidation and aggravated assault. He is also charged with two misdemeanor counts, sexual assault and unlawful restraint.

On Dec. 20, officers responded to a call from the survivor reporting sexual and physical assault. The woman said she had been called to Hobbs’ house for a cleaning job. After she finished, Hobbs started talking about having sex with her, charging documents filed into Missoula County on Monday said.

She clearly said no to his advances and asked for payment for her work, which is when Hobbs became violent, documents said. He slammed her head into a wall and strangled her, causing her to temporarily lose consciousness. He also tried to undress her, and threw his body on top of hers on a couch.

When she regained consciousness, the woman thought Hobbs was going to rape and/or kill her. She was able to briefly escape Hobbs and call 911, which is when he retrieved a small handgun. He pointed it

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