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Memphis man, Kelvin Montgomery, wanted in connection to missing mother

by: Zach Crenshaw Updated:

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A Memphis man who pleaded guilty to rape, kidnapping, and attempted murder is still on the run.

Now FOX13 has learned he is wanted in connection to a missing Arkansas mother.

In 2014, Kelvin Montgomery was arrested and charged with aggravated rape, especially aggravated kidnapping, and attempted second degree murder.

Despite those serious charges, he bonded out on just $10,000.

"He is a vicious, scary, dangerous man."



Kelvin Montgomery is a monster, according to his victim and her family.

"My cousin was a victim of his brutal assault, rape," said Stephanie Godwin.

The attack happened in June 2014 in the 4500 block of Willow.

Montgomery met the victim at a restaurant and the family said he "roofied"  her.

She found herself in his bedroom, handcuffed, gagged and threatened with a baseball bat, according to court documents.

"She basically played dead and escaped. Bound, gagged, (she) ran from his house in the early hours of the morning and went to a neighbor’s home," said Godwin.

She was still naked with hand prints on her neck from being strangled.

Police eventually caught Montgomery days after the attack. His bond was set and Montgomery paid it. "Easily," said Godwin.

"He sat in court, arms folded, smirk on his face, and agreed to this plea bargain. He said 'Yes I’m guilty of these things. I did all of these things.' And then the court said see you later, bye," said Godwin.

His sentencing date was set weeks after the plea deal was agreed upon.

"(My cousin) begged the judge in court that day to please not give this man time. Don't give him a month, he won't turn himself in. She knew he wouldn't turn himself in."

Sure enough, he was not at his sentencing date.

Montgomery had not been seen until this past July when he surfaced in Eureka Springs, AR.

Family members of Shastah Naumann say Montgomery told them his name was Kevin Ballard.

He was with Naumann because the two had met him while she was vacationing in Key West, Florida. He was living down there on a boat, according to Naumann's mother.

After just three days in her hometown, Naumann disappeared with Montgomery.

The two have not been seen or heard from since.

Her mother told FOX13 she believes her daughter is either hiding with Montgomery or dead.

Godwin told her cousin the news about Montgomery being last seen with a missing woman.

"She is terrified for the woman. She said I knew this would happen again, this was my worst fear come true, that he would get another victim. This is why I told them to lock him up that day."

Montgomery has not paid for his crimes. Not yet. Instead, his victims have.

"Her words, (I am) terrified every day of my life."

Bounty Hunters and U.S. Marshals are reportedly searching for Montgomery. If you have any information, you are urged to call Crimestoppers at 901-528-CASH.

Naumann's six-year-old son has been adopted by relatives.

His mother has not called anytime in the last 6 months, according to family.