Grandmother of Travis Forbes says he is not guilty

8:55 PM, Jul 13, 2011   |    comments
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"I don't see him as capable of harming anybody. I really truly do not see him capable of harming anybody," Jeni Forbes said.

Travis Forbes was arrested on Monday in connection with charges in a Fort Collins apartment fire and attack on July 5.

According to Fort Collins Police, a 30-year-old woman who lived alone was assaulted before she jumped from the second-story window of her apartment complex because it was on fire. She suffered burns and is still in the hospital.

Fort Collins Police says Forbes brutally attacked the woman and poured bleach on her body, from head-to-toe, before setting fire to the apartment. Investigators say Forbes used the bleach in an attempt to hide evidence and he left the victim for dead.

Police say the woman and Forbes did not know each other.

Forbes emerged as a person of interest in the investigation when officials learned late last week of his presence in the Fort Collins area.

Forbes is also the last person who is known to have 19-year-old Kenia Monge of Aurora, who has been missing since April 1.

Monge was in the area of 14th and Market Streets on April 1 when she and her friends lost contact. She was seen a short time later at the Conoco gas station nearby, and hasn't been heard from since.

Forbes told 9NEWS that he saw Monge drunk outside a bar and he offered to give her a ride home. When he drove by the Conoco along Speer Boulevard to try to buy cigarettes, Forbes says Monge got out of the van and bummed a cigarette off another man. That was the last Forbes saw of the teenager, he says.

Jeni Forbes told 9NEWS that her grandson has been back in Colorado for only a couple of weeks and he would mostly stay with his father. Forbes was arrested in Texas on May 4 in connection with an unauthorized use of vehicle case in Colorado. He was extradited to Colorado and the car charges against him were later dismissed.

Jeni Forbes says Travis Forbes attended a family Fourth of July barbeque on her property. She says her grandson left fairly early that night and told family he wanted to see the fireworks in Old Town Fort Collins.

It was early the next morning that police say Travis Forbes assaulted the woman in her Fort Collins apartment.

Police also say Travis Forbes stole her car.

Jeni Forbes says she saw Travis Forbes the next day and didn't suspect a thing as he biked up to her place. She says he didn't appear tired at all.

As for the Monge case, she says Travis Forbes just wouldn't be capable of doing that kind of harm.

"I truly ache for the family of the missing girl in Denver. Travis seemingly tried to help her, and we don't know what happened to her. But I do not think he had anything to do with her disappearance," Jeni Forbes said.

She says there is no way Monge's body could be buried on her property, which is roughly 20 acres. Police haven't charged Travis Forbes in connection with the Monge case and have never even named him as a suspect.

As for the charges Travis Forbes faces in Larimer County, he will be in court again on July 19.


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