Prosecutors: Naked man tried to grab Billings girl, 11

2013-03-14T17:19:00Z 2014-08-25T11:17:48Z Prosecutors: Naked man tried to grab Billings girl, 11By GREG TUTTLE The Billings Gazette

Prosecutors say a 50-year-old Billings man appeared to be stalking an 11-year-old girl and tried to grab her outside her home while he was naked.

Douglas Keith Winkler was charged Thursday in Yellowstone County Justice Court with felony attempted sexual assault and an alternative charge of assault on a minor.

Winkler was also charged with two misdemeanor counts of indecent exposure and one count each of DUI, obstructing and resisting arrest.

Judge Pedro Hernandez set bond at $100,000 after a prosecutor described the case as "odd and strange," and said Winkler appeared to be stalking the young girl, who lives a block from Winkler's residence on Yellowstone Avenue.

Deputy County Attorney Juli Pierce said Winkler poses a serious danger to the community and the victim. He has a previous DUI conviction in Stillwater County in 1995, but Pierce said she could find no other criminal history for the man.

A public defender argued for a lesser bond, saying Winkler turned himself in and has worked for a local lumber company for 17 years.

Hernandez required Winkler to submit to GPS monitoring if he posts bond, and ordered that Winkler have no contact with the young girl or other witnesses.

Winkler is scheduled to be arraigned in District Court on March 21.

According to court records, the case began on Feb. 10 when police received a 911 call of a naked man at Amend Park at about 1:30 p.m. 

A witness said he saw the man get into a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck and leave the park.

About 40 minutes later, police received another call from a woman who said a naked man had chased her 11-year-old niece from the girl's home on Wyoming Avenue.

The girl told police she was trying to get in her house but the doors were locked and no one was home. As she was outside the house, the girl said, she saw a naked man get out of a truck parked nearby.

The girl said she started to walk away from the man, but he followed her. The girl started to run, and the man chased her to Broadwater Avenue before he stopped and turned around.

The girl ran to her aunt's house a few blocks away.

The aunt told officers the girl came to her house crying hysterically. The woman walked the girl back to the house on Wyoming Avenue, she said, and during the walk a man who appeared to be naked drove by them in a truck. The girl said it was the man who had chased her.

Three days later, the girl's mother called police at about 9:45 p.m. to report that a naked man had approached her house and then left in a truck.

When officers arrived, the woman pointed out the truck as it drove by. Officers found the truck in a parking lot off Broadwater Avenue.

The officers said they found Winkler in the truck naked from the waist down and his pants around his ankles. He did not respond to orders and resisted efforts to remove him from the truck, court records state.

Winkler showed signs of intoxication, court records state, and officers said they found an empty whiskey bottle and beer in the truck.

Winkler was arrested for DUI, resisting and obstructing. Those charges were initially filed in Billings Municipal Court. 

The girl's mother later told investigators that she had seen Winkler's truck drive by her house numerous times in the days before he was arrested.           

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