Man officially charged in Fort Collins sex assault, fire

6:46 PM, Jul 19, 2011   |    comments
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Prosecutors announced the charges against 31-year-old Travis Forbes in his first appearance in Larimer County court Tuesday morning.

Police escorted a somber Forbes into court. Prosecutors announced the charges, which include two counts of attempted first-degree murder, three counts of sexual assault, another count of first-degree arson and a count of motor vehicle theft, among others.

"Prosecutors obviously believe they have enough evidence to win a trial," 9NEWS Legal Analyst Scott Robinson said. "Otherwise they would not have filed the charges. Since the victim of the offense is not in a position to talk to the police, the evidence must be something other than a direct accusation from the victim herself."

Court documents on the case, which police say happened in the early morning of July 5, are sealed.

Forbes is being held on a $350,000 cash-only bond.

Forbes is also the last person known to have seen Kenia Monge, the missing 19-year-old woman from Aurora. He has been questioned but not charged in the disappearance of Monge, who went missing on April 1 after leaving a Denver nightclub.

In an earlier interview, Forbes had told 9NEWS he was the "main suspect" in the case.

"Forbes has made a little bit of a spectacle of himself by referring to himself as a suspect in another case. At least if these allegations are proven to be true we may well be dealing with a very, very sick individual," Robinson said.

Forbes will be in court again on Aug. 19.


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