The man arrested after a hostage incident in Platteville Oct. 1 faces nine felony charges and three misdemeanor charges.
Douglas J. Forbes, 23, Platteville, made his first Grant County Circuit Court appearance Wednesday on eight counts of felony bail jumping, strangulation and suffocation, misdemeanor battery and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Bail was set at $1,000. Forbes was in the Grant County Jail Tuesday, according to online court records.
Forbes faces a maximum sentence of 55 years in prison and $101,000 in fines if convicted.
Police received a report Oct. 1 of a domestic violence incident around 9 a.m., in which the victim reported being kicked and strangled Thursday morning and on two previous occasions. The victim told police that Forbes had the victim’s 8-month-old son with him, and police didn’t believe the child was in immediate danger. But after the victim called Forbes later to arrange for an earlier exchange time, police said Forbes threatened to harm himself and the boy if the victim didn’t meet or contact him.
The Grant County Crisis Resolution Team entered the house around 2:45 p.m., and police arrested Forbes, who was hiding in some cabinets in the house.
Forbes’ first court appearance before Grant County Circuit Judge Craig Day included a request for substitution of judge, which was approved by Day Monday, according to court records.
Forbes faces unrelated charges in Lafayette County for receiving or concealing stolen property, felony possession with intent to sell marijuana, operating after revocation, and felony bail jumping. Arrest warrants were issued for Forbes Aug. 20 and Aug. 26, according to court records.
Forbes was placed on two years probation in Grant County Oct. 22 for misdemeanor possession of marijuana as a repeater. Charges of possession with intent to deliver marijuana and operating after revocation were dismissed, according to court records.
Forbes was placed on three years probation in Grant County in January 2012 after he pleaded guilty to three counts of manufacture or delivery of up to 200 grams of marijuana, a felony. Forbes’ probation was revoked in May 2014 and he was sentenced to 18 months in prison and 18 months extended supervision. The prison sentence was reduced by 486 days credit for time served.