Lower Bond Denied for Suspect in Attack on Hikers

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - A judge has denied a lower bond for a Colorado man accused of attacking and trying to sexually assault two female hikers.

38-year-old James Jud Bondsteel of Loveland is being held in Larimer County jail on $100,000 bond. State District Judge Dave Williams Friday denied his request for a $50,000 surety bond after hearing from the hikers.

One woman told Williams that Bondsteel held a knife to her throat and cut her arm. The women say they fought off their attacker with a hiking stick. The two were hiking in the Roosevelt National Forest northwest of Fort Collins on Sept. 13. The women have been identified only as a a 46-year-old from Casper, Wyo., and a 38-year-old from Eaton, Colo.

Bondsteel's preliminary hearing is set for November 12th.

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