George Tiba
George Tiba

A Boulder County jury found George Tiba guilty of all charges in a sexual assault case Friday, but he failed to show up at the courthouse and is now considered a fugitive.

Boulder police are warning the public that he may be armed.

Tiba was convicted of two counts of sexual assault, one count of second-degree burglary and one count of theft after the jury concluded that he raped and then stole from a 22-year-old woman he met at Boulder's Walrus Saloon in February.

Under Colorado law, sex offenders are subject to indeterminate sentencing, whereby they may be kept in prison until they complete a treatment program. In some cases, the sentence results in life in prison.

District Judge Andrew MacDonald did not schedule a sentencing hearing for Tiba because he is not in police custody, according to the District Attorney's Office. Instead, MacDonald revoked Tiba's bond at 10 a.m. and issued a warrant for his arrest.

Boulder police said Friday afternoon that detectives learned Tiba recently obtained firearms, and the department considers him a threat to public safety.

Law enforcement agencies statewide have been advised to watch out for him.

Tiba is described as African American, standing 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighing 214 pounds. He may be driving a black 2006 Chrysler 300 with Colorado license plate 372-WZW. He has been known to use the alias "Jojo George" and often tells people he is from Jamaica, but he is from Uganda.

Anyone who sees Tiba or has information or tips about his whereabouts is urged to call 911 immediately.

Officials said the battery on Tiba's GPS ankle monitor died at 4:55 a.m. Friday and is not sending out signals. The monitor -- which was a condition of Tiba's $50,000 bond -- also issued a "battery low" warning shortly after 1 a.m.

Tiba was supposed to report to Boulder District Court at 8 a.m., when he was expected to decide whether he would testify in his defense. After he failed to appear, his attorney, Kathryn Herold, said she was not able to reach him.

Court officials said the last location the ankle monitor sent a signal from was an address in Greeley that belonged to the mother of Tiba's child. Prosecutor Katharina Booth said the woman told police Tiba came by at around 7 a.m. then left for court. Booth said another female friend of Tiba's also told police he stopped by her place at 7 a.m.

Tiba lives in Evans. Per the terms of his bond, Tiba is required to charge the monitor.

It was the fifth day of the trial.

Boulder police -- who were assisted in the case by the Evans Police Department -- said Tiba assaulted a 22-year-old woman in her Boulder home on 11th Street between 2 and 10 a.m. Feb. 17. The victim told police she met Tiba the night before while out with friends at the Walrus, 1911 11th St. She said he also stole cash and other items from her home after the assault, police said.

The victim was in the courtroom when Tiba was reported missing Friday morning.

MacDonald denied a motion for a mistrial by Herold and ruled Tiba's absence was voluntary and that the trial would continue.

In closing arguments, prosecutors told jurors how the victim went out with friends and encountered Tiba at the Walrus, where he continued to buy the victim drinks and hit on her while he did not drink.

Deputy District Attorney Fred Johnson said Tiba separated the intoxicated victim from her friends, offered her a ride home and then raped her. Pictures of the victim were found on Tiba's cell phone and his DNA was found on her. Prosecutors also said she had injuries consistent with a sexual assault.

The victim said she doesn't remember much about the night, but did remember she told Tiba she did not want to have sex.

"She said 'no,' and she came in here and went through a lot to tell you she said 'no' that night," Johnson said. "But the defendant was not going to take no for an answer. He waited until she was vulnerable, staggering and blacked out, and he raped her."

Johnson said the victim moved out of the state after the assault and went through depression.

"She was supposed to be having a good time with her friends; instead she was afraid to be in her own home," Johnson said.

Herold said the sex was consensual. She pointed out that the victim was sober enough to give Tiba directions to her place and also called her friends to tell her she was all right.

The jury deliberated for about four hours before voting to convict Tiba on all counts. Attorneys for both sides were not allowed to tell jurors why Tiba was not at closing arguments.

Camera Staff Writer Joe Rubino contributed to this report.