A major federal drug case in which the prosecutors are trying to recover $16.9 million from 35 people, including several Lawrence residents, has also shed some light on charges in a March robbery case in Lawrence.
According to a transcript of a June 18 detention hearing in the federal case, Jacob Paul Forbes, 30, of Lawrence, is accused of injuring a woman while she was in a wheelchair on March 23 in East Lawrence. Forbes was charged in April in Douglas County District Court with aggravated robbery after the woman alleged she was injured in her apartment in the 2100 block of Rhode Island Street. An attorney for Forbes disputes the robbery charge.
Forbes earlier this month was one of 35 people indicted on drug conspiracy charges, accused of taking part in a major high-grade marijuana and cocaine distribution ring in Johnson and Douglas counties. U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom’s office has alleged that two Lawrence men, Chad Eugene Bauman, 33, and Los Rovell Dahda, 30, “made millions as the leaders of a drug trafficking organization” since 2005.
Douglas County prosecutors have released few details about Forbes’ local robbery charge, but, according to the transcript of a hearing in the federal case, Assistant U.S. Attorney Terra Morehead said the Douglas County case centered on a disagreement with a woman with whom he had worked together with to sell seven ounces of marijuana.
“He was upset with her because she wasn’t selling it fast enough,” Morehead said.
The prosecutor alleged that Forbes asked the woman to set the remainder of the marijuana and proceeds from what she had already sold outside of her apartment, and when she came outside he forced his way into her apartment and “in essence, beat her up and rob(bed) her.” Prosecutors allege he stole a laptop from her.
The woman then made a report about the incident to police. Morehead said police in Kansas City, Mo., on April 20 arrested him on the Douglas County robbery warrant and seized one pound of high-grade marijuana and $11,000 in cash.
Morehead made those comments about Forbes’ case during the same hearing when she alleged that a different defendant in the drug case, Samuel Villeareal III, 31, had supplied marijuana to unnamed Kansas University basketball players during the 2010-2011 season.
At the federal detention hearing, Forbes’ attorney Patrick J. O’Connor said Forbes did not dispute he went to the woman’s house, that there was a debt involved, or that she called police after the encounter.
“He does dispute what she said. He says he absolutely did not assault her,” said O’Connor, adding that Forbes had voluntarily committed himself to outpatient drug treatment and treatment for ADHD and other mental health issues.
In Forbes’ Douglas County case, District Judge Kay Huff earlier this week scheduled a preliminary hearing for August.