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South Florida Sun-Sentinel Palm Beach (Sunday) - - LOCAL -

could not breathe, ac­cord­ing to an af­fi­davit to ar­rest.

“The state­ments pro­vided by the fe­male vic­tim in Min­neapo­lis, Min­nesota and [the Co­ral Springs woman’s] sworn state­ment es­tab­lish the de­fen­dant’s pat­tern of be­hav­ior and preda­tory na­ture,” an ar­rest war­rant said.

For the Min­nesota rape, com­mit­ted on Dec. 15, 1987, Mon­tana was sen­tenced to five years in prison.

This week Mon­tana was ex­tra­dited to South Florida to an­swer to the lo­cal al­le­ga­tions.

Mon­tana went be­fore a Broward County judge on Thurs­day, who or­dered that he be jailed with­out bond on two counts of sex­ual bat­tery with a weapon.

Tests con­ducted by the Broward Sher­iff’s crime lab in 1987 on a san­i­tary prod­uct the 27-year- old Co­ral Springs woman was wear­ing dur­ing the rape showed that se­men was present, the war­rant said.

But “DNA was not tested in 1987,” ac­cord­ing to the war­rant. “At that time, no fur­ther in­ves­tiga­tive leads or sus­pect in­for­ma­tion was de­vel­oped and the case was sub­se­quently closed.”

In March of this year, the “cold case” was re­opened and DNA tests were per­formed.

The tam­pon that had been in ev­i­dence for 31 years yielded a DNA pro­file. Ac­cord­ing to the war­rant, it was a match with a man named Frank Cruz — one of nine aliases used by Mon­tana.

tealanez@sun-sentinel.com, 954-356-4542 or Twit­ter @ta­lanez

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