Man pleads not guilty in duct tape case

Published 9:31 am Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The second of the two Iowa men charged with allegedly robbing, duct-taping and then dumping two women in Albert Lea pleaded not guilty on Monday to his charge.

Trayvon Forrest

Trayvon Marquis Forrest, 22, of Fort Dodge, Iowa, pleaded not guilty to one count of simple robbery and requested a jury trial. The date of the trial has not yet been set.

Forrest and co-defendant Michael Lee Kraft, 18, also of Fort Dodge, were reportedly giving two 18-year-old women from Wisconsin a ride on Interstate 35 when Forrest, seated in the front passenger seat, allegedly grabbed the women by the throats, hit them in the face and then wrapped duct tape over their mouths and eyes, according to court documents.

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Kraft was driving the car.

After about five minutes, the car reportedly came to a stop in Albert Lea, and the two men allegedly forced the women out of the car and then drove away.

The women ran to the A-Lea Apartments on Jansen Street, where they called police.

Kraft and Forrest reportedly stole more than $2,000 in cash, along with purses and suitcases. They were stopped and arrested by deputies after crossing into Iowa.

Freeborn County Attorney Craig Nelson said Monday he anticipates the trial will last three days.

Forrest appeared out of custody with Kraft.